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Indiana Pacers Roy Hibbert Goes On Homophobic Tirade During Press Conference Then Apologizes

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You would think with all the support Jason Collins received after coming out, not only from fans but also teammates and the league itself, that incidents of blatant homophobia like this would be a distant memory for the NBA. But Roy Hibbert, player for the Indiana Pacers let out a few anti-gay slurs during an interview. Here’s more:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert used a gay slur in one answer and a curse to refer to the media in another during his news conference following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, putting himself in line for being disciplined by the NBA.

Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on LeBron James with “no homo.” Hibbert had drawn a key charge on James in Indiana’s 91-77 victory over Miami on Saturday and lamented not providing enough help to teammate Paul George on James in Game 3.

Hibbert was later asked why he finished so low in voting for Defensive Player of the Year, telling reporters that it was “because y’all (expletive) don’t watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth.”

The center added that he didn’t care if he got fined.

Not too long after the incident (more like when the story got more media attention) Hibberr issues a very bland, overused and recycled rehearsed statement:

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.

So before the media got wind of this on a larger scale he was not afraid of being reprimanded but when he thought about how it would effect his money he changed his tune is what I presume. I’m over these weak, corporate apologixes that people in the spotlight believe are sufficient to cover up when they’ve said something wrong. Actually take steps to find out why what you said was hurtful rather than saying what you think fans want to hear. Then maybe, just maybe, we can take what you;re saying with a modicum of intent to rectify a mistake. Until then, save it.

Sly

Sly Merritt has a BA in psychology/sociology. MA in clinical psychology. He's a flip flop wearing hippy with a peaceloving mindset. Even pacifists like him know when it's time to do all we can for LGBTQ equality. Sly's views are all opinions not advice.

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  1. Well, what will happen when I say that the genetic heritage of this Roy Hibbit is sick, lowlife, and with only backwardness and that he’s a black ass whore…… and then apologize for the insults?

    Mind you, I am NOT saying that his ancestry is one of backwardness (though one would almost assume that his genes show everything of it), or that he is a lowlife (one only can assume that he is a lowlife on moral issues when reading his homophobic statements), and or that he is sick (I personally think that he is mentally sick and belongs in a mental institution and never should be let out…. BUT that is my personal opinion to which I have a right based upon the Constitution…. Freedom of Opinion..)), all I am saying is that when this man is able to say what said and then apologize for what he said (for whatever reason), everyone can say what he or she wants, and as long as there’s an apology that what is said is of no importance anymore……….. Regardless of what has been said, or how deep the conviction of what has been said go’s….

    An apology is easily made, that what has been said remains being said….. that what has been said keeps on being said, keeps on being hurting those who it was addressed at……

    A black guy being called a boy feels the pain of being degraded to a nothing, even and especially when there has been an apology been made by the person who said it… The Black guy knows that the one who said it still feels that he, the Black guy, is that persons opinion a boy!

    The value of an apology is little to nothing anymore, now the abuse of the word is total!

    And you know what?

    I do not believe a single thing of such an apology anymore!
    I bet NFL’s Roy Hibbert still feels the same about homosexuals, same-sex marriage, equality of all people (except when it concerns himself of course…..)…. he is and will remain a bigot, a homophobic person, and probably a secret homosexual himself…. somewhere in the basements of the stadium at the showers………… (the latter just jokingly said! GRINS …..)

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