Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 on Sunday by the NBA for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Hibbert apologized for the comments earlier.
“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,” Commissioner David Stern said in a statement.
The team issued a statement from Hibbert in which he said he was sorry for his “insensitive remarks.”
“They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views,” he said in the statement. “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.”
After Saturday night’s win, Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on Miami’s LeBron James with “no homo,” a phrase that implies fear of appearing gay. He also called reporters an offensive term.
Before departing for Miami, where Game 7 will be played tonight, Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters he had already spoken with Hibbert and described the 2012 All-Star center as “contrite.”
BLAYLOCK CRASH: Former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane in a head-on crash in Georgia that killed a woman, police said Sunday.
Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said authorities wanted to talk to Blaylock, 46, before deciding whether he should face more serious charges. Officers had not been able to speak with him because of his injuries, but they hope to do so as early as today, the chief said.
“The last update I got was that he is awake but groggy,” Allen said.
Blaylock was driving an SUV that collided Friday with a van after crossing the center line in the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro, police said. The crash killed a 43-year-old woman. Her husband was driving the van and suffered a broken ankle.
Blaylock was seriously injured, but a spokeswoman at Atlanta Medical Center said his condition was upgraded to fair Sunday. He was initially in critical condition.