Roy Hibbert had a tremendous game in the Indiana Pacers' Game 6 win over the Miami Heat, but he is garnering headlines instead for his controversial postgame comments.
On Sunday, the league announced that it is fining the big man $75,000 for his language.
The news comes from CBS Sports' Ken Berger:
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
Commissioner David Stern made the following statement on the matter, via Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
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 the uninitiated, Hibbert made two different comments during his postgame conference that got him into trouble.
First, when he was asked why he finished 10th in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, he answered with a tirade directed toward the media, which included vulgar language.
At a different point in the press conference, he used an anti-gay term after describing his defense against LeBron James.
Hibbert later apologized for his comments:
He also reached out to Jason Collins (who recently came out publicly) via Twitter, asking to discuss some things:
@jasoncollins34 hey can I get a follow. Would like to discuss something's with you.— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) June 2, 2013
There was light talk that Hibbert might see a one-game suspension, but a fine is what was expected all along.
What do you think of the $75,000 fine?
While his remarks were both insensitive and ignorant, it appeared as though he was simply trying to be funny. Hopefully this punishment will help him realize that he went about that in the wrong way and that the language he used is not acceptable.
Hibbert will be in the lineup for Game 7 on Monday night when the Pacers and Heat battle for a spot in the NBA finals.