Hibbert fined $75,000 for comments

Hibbert fined $75,000 for comments
June 2, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Roy Hibbert apologizes for comments

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) stands on the free throw line against the Miami Heat in game four of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana won 99-92.

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In a matter of minutes, Roy Hibbert turned his stellar performance in the Indiana Pacers' Game 6 victory over the Miami Heat into a controversy that will cost him $75,000.
 
The NBA fined the former Georgetown Hoya for using "inappropriate and vulgar language" during separate postgame interviews. Both were nationally televised. The Pacers’ 91-77 victory forced Game 7 in Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.
"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," said NBA Commissioner David Stern in a statement. 
Hibbert, who has dominated Miami on both ends, was asked about finishing 10th in Defensive Player of the Year voting. He lashed out at media voting.
“You know what, because y’all (expletives) don’t watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth,” Hibbert said. “I don’t care if I get fined.”

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol won the award.

Hibbert's other comment was more subtle but probably responsible for the bigger fine. 

He took a hard charge from LeBron James in the fourth quarter at the rim and used inappropriate slang to describe it.

"There was Game 3 here that I felt I let Paul (George) down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting into the paint because they stretched me out so much — no homo — but I want to be there for him."

Hibbert did apologize for his remarks Sunday in a statement released by the Pacers:

"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."

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