INDIANAPOLIS – The NBA wasted no time punishing Roy Hibbert for using a pair of derogatory comments in his post game press conference on Saturday night. The league fined the Pacers center $75,000 for using an anti-gay slur “no-homo” as well as the word “motherf——” while talking to the media.
Hibbert released a statement on Sunday afternoon apologizing for his comments.
“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 ans and to the Pacers’ organization. I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night.
Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel talked to Hibbert Sunday morning before the team departed for Miami.
“He feels horrible about it. I talked to him and told him we have to move on from it. I know he’s not that person and it was a mistake I don’t have to tell him he’s wrong he knows that. We all love him.”
The Pacers hope to put this all past them as they prepare for game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami on Monday night.