Roy Hibbert Issues Apology for Explosive Postgame Remarks After Game 6 Win
After the Indiana Pacers' 91-77 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6, the question was raised about Roy Hibbert's lack of regular season recognition. Hibbert responded by dropping an F-Bomb and using a controversial gay slur.
Hibbert has since apologized for his comments.
Hibbert has a generally positive reputation around the league, so it's hard to expect him to express anything other than remorse for his comments.
Hibbert put his apology in writing, releasing it via NBA.com. He was deeply apologetic, noting that his words were never meant to offend anyone, but instead express his frustration with the lack of frustration that the Pacers receive.
Legitimate gripe or not, Hibbert understands that he was in the wrong.
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. I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night.
He was later fined $75,000 by the league for the statements, per Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 for use of "inappropriate and vulgar language" in postgame press conference last night.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 2, 2013
David Stern: "While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary (cont.)...— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 2, 2013
Stern: "to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA."— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 2, 2013
For those unfamiliar with what transpired, Hibbert was asked about his ranking of 10th in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. In response, Hibbert made the claim that the media doesn't watch Indiana enough to know how good he was.
Hibbert later touched on how LeBron James was, "stretching him out," and thus followed his comments with a quick "no homo." This is what turned the comments from surprising to offensive, thus resulting in an immediate backlash.
One of the first people Hibbert reached out to was Jason Collins—the NBA's first openly gay player.
@jasoncollins34 hey can I get a follow. Would like to discuss something's with you.— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) June 2, 2013
Hibbert has a reason to be upset, but there's never an appropriate moment to use the language he chose—the Pacers big man expressed that he now understands that.
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