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.