Indiana Pacers' center Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 by the National Basketball Association for his "no homo" remark and using profanity during Sunday's postgame press conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, reports the Indianapolis Star.
Hibbert made the remark when he was asked about a crucial fourth quarter play when LeBron James was called for offensive and a technical fouls:
"The momentum could have shifted right there if [Lebron James] got an easy dunk. There was what—was it Game 3 here? I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. No homo."
Hibbert then slammed the sports media in an profanity-laden rant in the same press conference. Watch both video clips AFTER THE JUMP ...
"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."
"I have no problem with openly gay men. More power to them. We live in a day in age where people are more accepting as opposed to years ago. [Collins] and his family may have some adversity in the coming days and weeks, but I have no problem with it."
The Pacers are one game away from reaching the NBA Finals. Watch both video clips AFTER THE JUMP ...