When asked by a reporter over his 10th place finish in this year's Defensive Player of the Year, Hibbert got...well...defensive.
"Y'all m--------ers don't watch us play throughout the year to tell you the truth," Hibbert said. "So that's fine. I'm going to be real with you, and I don't care if I get fined. We play and we're not on TV all of the time and reporters are the ones that are voting and it is what it is. And I don't make it, that's fine. I'm still going to do what I have to do."
Okay, so that was coming off a big win against the defending champs who get the lion's share of media coverage these days and his competitive juices are flowing. But then Hibbert really crosses the line with a homophobic comment when he was asked about his battle against LeBron James.
"LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint cause he was stretching me out so much -- no homo."
Well, he says he doesn't care if he gets fined so just about the only question left is how much the fine from the NBA will be. To his credit, the Pacers star then reached out to via Twitter to Jason Collins, presumably to issue an apology. For reasons unknown, the tweet has apparently now been deleted.
UPDATE: Hibbert has released a statement through the Pacers organization...
"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."
BeyondtheBuzzer.com provided the video of Hibbert's post-game press conference....
UPDATE 2: The NBA on Sunday afternoon releases the following press release:
Hibbert has been fined $75,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate and vulgar language during postgame interviews following the Pacers' 91-77 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"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.