Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert is literally putting his money where his mouth is after using a gay slur during a news conference this Saturday. The basketball star, responding to a question about some close man-on-man contact with Lebron James during Saturday’s game, was forced by the NBA to cough up $75,000 after using the phrase “no homo.”
NBA commissioner David Stern was quick to condemn the “inappropriate and vulgar” language, telling ESPN that it’s “necessary” to penalize homophobia following the increased visibility of LGBT athletes in American sports.
Hibbert was also quick to issue an apology in a statement released by the Pacers Sunday morning:
“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.”
“We are confident that NBA will do its part to rectify the issue to the extent it can, comprehensively educate Hibbert, who seems genuinely apologetic, and make sure that these kinds of comments are soon a thing of the past.”
Do you think Hibbert sounds genuinely apologetic?