The NBA fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert for homophobic and vulgar remarks in the post-game press conference on Saturday night after Game 6.
When Roy was asked about his help defense for teammate Paul George on Heat forward LeBron James, Hibbert said, “I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back (in Game 3) when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much, no homo.” Yes. He REALLY said it watch the clip.
Not only did he say “no-homo” but when he was asked why he came in 10th in defensive player of the year voting, despite the impact he has had in this series his reply during the post-game interview was “Yall Mother ****** During Post Game Interview”. Don’t believe me just watch:
“While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. Hibbert realized his mistake Sunday morning and reached out on Twitter to Jason Collins, who recently became the first active NBA player to publicly state he is gay.
Hibbert also released an apology through a team spokesperson.
“I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the post-game press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night,” Hibbert said. “They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers’ organization. I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night.”
Roy Hibbert is not the only NBA player to make a homophobic remark. In the past Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $50,000 for homophobic comments. New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire was also fined $50,000 for similar remarks.