(NEW YORK) — The NBA has fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 for using a gay slur in one answer and a profanity in another during his news conference Saturday following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Hibbert was asked a question about his defense on Miami Heat forward LeBron James and ended his reponse with “no homo.”
The NBA released a statement Sunday saying Hibbert was fined for “using inappropriate and vulgar language.”
“I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night,” Hibbert said in the statement released by the Pacers. “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 and the Pacers play the Heat tomorrow night with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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