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Golden Tate believes that, when it comes to domestic violence, there are two sides—or rather, three sides—to every story. We know this because way back in June 2014, long before the Ray Rice tape surfaced, Tate did an interview with CBS Detroit and talked about his opinion on the NFL's domestic violence problem.
"I'm sure there is another side to the story," Tate said, while speaking specifically about Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, who allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2013. "That's one thing I've learned throughout my years, that there is his side of the story, her side of the story, and the actual truth. It's unfair because we're under a microscope, but it is what it is. It's what we signed up for."
Tate's comments didn't make many headlines because, at the time, domestic violence in the NFL wasn't as big of an issue as it is today. But despite everything that's transpired since then—and despite the fact that Greg Hardy literally just got suspended for 10 games for using "physical force" against his ex-girlfriend—Tate still seems to have the same beliefs when it comes to domestic violence. And last night, he decided to share them again on Twitter. Here are three tweets that he sent out:
He deleted all three of them a short time later and replaced them with these tweets:
He also got into this strange back-and-forth with a couple Twitter users:
And as you'd expect, his original tweets did not go over well with anyone. Fortunately for him, there were two NBA Playoffs games going on at the time, so Sports Twitter didn't go all out on him. But more than a few people saw his tweets and responded to them accordingly:
So far, Tate hasn't said anything else about domestic violence or the Twitter reaction that he received. But it'd probably be best if he kept his opinions to himself moving forward. He's entitled to think whatever he wants to think, but he's clearly just going to get himself into more trouble—and make the entire NFL look bad—if he continues to talk about domestic violence.
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