NBA's Roy Hibbert Fined Following 'No Homo' Remark
It clearly doesn't pay to use homophobic language in the NFL--even casual "harmless" phrases like, "No homo."
Indiana Pacers player, Roy Hibbert learned that lesson to the tune of a $75,000 after uttering the phrase during a press conference after describing some close body contact with opposing team player LeBron James.
After fining Hibbert for his comment, NBA commissioner David Stern condemned the “inappropriate and vulgar” language, calling the penalty "necessary."
Hibbert apologized on Sunday morning in a statement, saying:
“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.”
Athlete Ally, the pro-LGBT organization that combats homophobia in sports,released the following statement:
“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.”
What do you think of the NBA's response and Hibbert's apology, Instincters?