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Indiana Pacers star Paul George was believed to be the victim of an elaborate online hoax. According to many outlets George– and other NBA players–were duped into sharing nude photos by a man posing as a woman online.


However, George insists that he was not the victim of a “Catfish” scheme, named after the popular MTV show about people who pose as others online in order to have relationships (or relations).

“The whole story, as far as me being catfished, I know the girl that sent the pictures out,” George told The Indy Star newspaper. “It wasn’t a catfish story, it was a girl – I don’t want to get into the story but I know who’s behind it.”

While the Pacers have lost two games since the story broke on Saturday (against the Grizzlies and Bulls) their leading scorer insists that the controversy has not been a distraction.

“I’m good. A lot of it is just stuff trying to bring me down,” George said. “I’m good with it. The thing that just came out, it’s all a fake. It really don’t have any wear on me because I know it’s not true.”

Paul George gets a chance to right the ship and prove he is unfazed against the defending NBA Champs, the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

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