If you don’t know who Roy Hibbert is, I’m sure after the NBA Playoffs and specifically after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals you definitely know the name at least.
Hibbert is the real definition of a BIG MAN in the NBA (7’2″ / 280 pounds) and playing like one during the 2013 NBA Playoffs; he embodies the old school big man ways by scoring down low and protecting the basket by blocks and altering shots and I think it’s refreshing to see.
After an impressive performance against the Miami Heat to send the Indiana Pacers extend the Eastern Conference finals to a winner-take-all Game 7, the Pacers center spoke with reporters about his role in the Pacers’ 91-77 Game 6 win. This is where he might have spoken too long and said too much on what was on his mind.
First, while on the podium alongside teammate and emerging star Paul George, used the phrase “no homo” as a joke following a question about defending LeBron James.
Next, as the presser went on, Hibbert also referred to the media as “motherf—–s” in response to a question about his surprisingly low finish in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
He issued and apology early Sunday on the homophobic slur and foul language during the press conference.
“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. I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night.”
He said he didn’t care if he gets fined, he doesn’t have to worry to long about that because NBA Commissioner David Stern and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson will see to that and rightfully so, but was he wrong? He was just showing his frustration that all-star players on small market team go through when they get “looked over” when it comes to getting votes from the writers during specific awards and acknowledgments in the league. You can’t vote for players that you don’t see on TV. I’m not condoning how he said it, but I understand.
As for the homophobic slur and how I feel about the “no homo” word, this vid sums it all up for me and my perspective…