Roy Hibbert will be fined for postgame comments
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert used a gay slur and a big boy curse word in his Game 6 postgame press conference, setting himself up for a hefty fine.
Hibbert ended his response to a question with “no homo.” Hibbert was referring to having Paul George’s back more often, and how LeBron James getting into the lane was stressing him out, according to The Associated Press. Obviously, that is a huge no-no, and Hibbert clearly didn’t learn anything from Joakim Noah’s gay slur comments two years ago. Noah was fined $50,000 for his comments toward a fan, so Hibbert should expect something similar.
Hibbert released a statement apologizing for his remarks.
“I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night. 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.”
Hibbert’s gay slur wasn’t all that he had to say during the press conference. Later, Hibbert was asked why he finished so low in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. Whoever asked this question was asking for trouble.
“Y’all Mother(expletive) don’t watch us play throughout the year to tell you the truth. “So that’s fine. I’m going to be real with you, and I don’t care if I get fined. We play and we’re not on TV all of the time and reporters are the ones that are voting and it is what it is. And I don’t make it, that’s fine. I’m still going to do what I have to do.”
Hibbert won’t be suspended, but he should expect a hefty fine.