Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 for uttering an anti-gay remark and calling reporters 'motherf—' during a postgame press conference following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.
"I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when Lebron [James] was scoring in the post or getting to the paint because they stretched me out so much, no homo," a laughing Hibbert told reporters.
"No homo" is a derogatory slang expression which apparently has its roots in hip hop culture and is used after a man says something about another man that could be misconstrued for being homoerotic.
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Hibbert shared the podium with his Indiana Pacers teammate Paul George, whom he refers to in the quote above. Responding to a question about his surprisingly low finish in Defensive Player of the Year voting, casually referred to the media as "motherf—
," Yahoo News reported.
The Pacers center, who had an impressive 24-point, 11-rebound performance against the Miami Heat Saturday, later issued an apology through his team, calling the remarks "insensitive."
"[The remarks] were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views," Hibbert's prepared apology read. "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."
Despite the apology, NBA Commissioner David Stern issued the $75,000 fine on Sunday.
''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 in a statement.
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The "no homo" and other similar anti-gay disparaging remarks have been used during postgame interviews by NBA players in the past, including Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard, and Philadelphia 76ers' Andrew Bynum.
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