NBA BASKETBALL: Roy Hibbert fined $75,000
The NBA has fined Jamaican center Roy Hibbert $75,000 for using vulgar and homophobic slur during his postgame interview Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Hibbert issued an apology through the team.
He also reached out to openly gay NBA veteran Jason Collins via Twitter.
Hibbert says his comments were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of his personal views.
Hibbert says he used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television.
NBA Commissioner David Stern says 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.
The NBA fined Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant $100,000 and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $50,000 two seasons ago for homophobic comments.
New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was fined $50,000 for a similar remark last year.
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