The NBA fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 on Sunday for “inappropriate and vulgar language” for saying “No Homo” on Saturday in a press conference after the Pacers forced a Game 7 against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Final.
RT @nbapr: Pacers’ Hibbert fined $75k by NBA for using inappropriate and vulgar language following Gm 6 of Pacers’ 91-77 victory over Heat.
— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) June 2, 2013
Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 once for using a gay slur. “No Homo” is slang used by straight men when showing affection for or complimenting other men to indicate they are straight so there are no misunderstandings about someone’s sexual orientation. Hibbert made his comments after he said he was disappointed he felt like he let his teammate Paul George down at times during the game. Some consider it to be a “slur.”
Hibbert apologized on Sunday for the remarks. It is also worth noting Hibbert did not have any malicious intent in making the comments, and he publicly supported Jason Collins last month when the journeyman basketball player came out.