After Game 6 of NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday (June 1), Indiania Pacers’ Roy Hibbert slipped up with some “F” bombs and even spouted “no homo” in another instance… resulting in a $75,000 fine.
During the post-game news conference, the Pacers big man ended a response to a question about his defense on LeBron James with “no homo” … and 24 hours later, the league announced the fine.
In a release on Sunday (June 2), the NBA revealed that Hibbert was fined for “using inappropriate and vulgar language.” It came after Hibbert issued an apology Sunday morning, saying in a statement that he sincerely has “deep regret over my choice of words last night.”
“I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night,” Hibbert said in the statement released by the Pacers. “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.”
NBA commissioner David Stern acknowledged Hibbert’s apology, however, said it was “necessary” to penalize him.
“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,” Stern said.