Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 for using the phrase “no homo,” and calling the media “motherf—-” during a press conference.
Though he’s since issued an apology, NBA Commissioner David Sterns still levied a fairly large fine for his offensive comments.
After an impressive 24-point, 11-rebound, paint-controlling performance against the reeling Miami Heat to help push the conference finals to a winner-take-all Game 7, Hibbert spoke with reporters about his role in the Pacers’ 91-77 Game 6 win. During his postgame podium trip alongside teammate Paul George, Hibbert used the phrase “no homo” as an ill-considered joke following a question about defending LeBron James. The Georgetown product also casually referred to the media as “motherf—–s” in response to a question about his surprisingly low finish in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
“And I don’t care if I get fined,” the 26-year-old center said Saturday. His $75,000 punishment was the stiffest the NBA has handed out this year, topping the $50,000 fine earned by Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders back in March for suggesting that referees favor the Heat.
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