Roy Hibbert has apologized. He has been fined. Now, can he and the Indiana Pacers finish off the Miami Heat?
Hibbert will cough up $75,000 for homophobic and vulgar comments he made after the Pacers’ Game 6 victory in the Eastern Conference finals. This isn’t the first time an NBA player has been fined for an anti-gay slur; Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 in 2011 for using a slur toward a referee. (That same year, Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 for aiming a slur at a fan during the Eastern finals.)
Hibbert used the words “no homo,” an expression with hip-hop roots, when asked about defending against LeBron James on a play on which James was called for an offensive foul. Hibbert said: ”I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back [in Game 3] when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much, no homo.”
Hibbert also used an expletive (one fairly frequently used by former Georgetown coach John Thompson) to describe media members who’d underrated him in voting for Defensive Player of the Year, saying, “I’m going to be real with you, and I don’t care if I get fined.”