Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 after he used a gay slur in one answer and a profanity in another during his news conference Saturday following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The 26 year-old players answered a question about his defense on Miami Heat star LeBron James with “no homo.”
Less than 24 hours later the NBA responded that Hibbert was fined for “using inappropriate and vulgar language.” The fine was handed down after the New York native issued an apology Sunday morning, stating that he sincerely has “deep regret over my choice of words last night.”
Hibbert had drawn a key charge on James in the Pacers’ 91-77 win versus the Heat on Saturday and was sorry about not being able to provide enough assistance to teammate Paul George on James in Game 3.
Even when James acknowledged Hibbert’s apology, NBA commissioner David Stern felt it was “necessary” to penalize the star center.
As YouWager bettors know, Hibbert finished 10th in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, won by Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.