- HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors - http://www.hoopsworld.com -
Roy Hibbert fined for vulgar comments
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 2, 2013 @ 7:24 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 for his homophobic and vulgar comments following Saturday night’s 91-77 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat.
“While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a news release.
Hibbert realized his mistake Sunday morning and reached out on Twitter to NBA player Jason Collins, who recently became the first active NBA player to publicly state he is gay.
He also released an apology through a team spokesperson.
“I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night,” Hibbert said. “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.”
Two seasons ago, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $50,000 for homophobic comments. Last season, New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire was fined $50,000 for a similar remark.
Hibbert’s comments came just days after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joined the advisory board of the Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization working to end homophobia in sports and prevent lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual bullying.
“We are disappointed by Hibbert’s comments, as that kind of language is disrespectful, has no place in sports and is antithetical to the NBA’s policies,” Athlete Ally said in a news release. “As an official partner of the NBA and NBPA, Athlete Ally works closely with the league on delivering trainings and workshops to educate players about LGBT inclusion and respect.
“The league is undoubtedly a leader in this area, and Roy’s statement of apology clearly recognizes the harms of his comments. We … [For more on Roy Hibbert fined for vulgar comments after Pacers' win, click here.]
Article printed from HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors: http://www.hoopsworld.com
URL to article: http://www.hoopsworld.com/roy-hibbert-fined-for-vulgar-comments
Copyright © 2013 HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
Part of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group.