Posted June 02, 2013

Pacers’ Roy Hibbert uses homophobic slang term in post-game press conference

Ben Golliver, David Stern, Indiana Pacers, Jason Collins, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Roy Hibbert, Washington Wizards
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Roy Hibbert and the Pacers defeated the Heat in Game 6. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Pacers center Roy Hibbert used a homophobic slang term during a televised news conference after Indiana’s 91-77 victory over Miami in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.

Asked about his defense during a crucial fourth-quarter play that ended with LeBron James being called for an offensive foul and a technical foul, Hibbert explained that he was attempting to do a better job of helping Paul George defend the 2013 MVP.

“The momentum could have shifted right there if [James] got an easy dunk,” Hibbert said. “There was what ‑‑ was it Game 3 here? I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. No homo.”

That two-word phrase was popularized by rappers who, according to Slate, used it to “rid [statements] of possible homosexual double-entendre” and, generally speaking, to “acknowledge and distance themselves” from homosexuals.

Update: Hibbert issued an apology in a statement released by the Pacers on Sunday.

It’s unclear whether Hibbert will face a sanction from the NBA for his comment. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for using a gay slur that was caught on a national television broadcast in 2011. In the league’s official transcript of Hibbert’s news conference, which was conducted jointly with George and streamed live on NBA.com, the words were replaced by “(Expletive).”

In April, Wizards free-agent center Jason Collins became the first active openly gay male athlete in the four major American sports leagues by revealing his sexuality in an essay for Sports Illustrated.

“I have no problem with openly gay men,” Hibbert said at the time, according to the Journal Courier. “More power to them. We live in a day in age where people are more accepting as opposed to years ago. [Collins] and his family may have some adversity in the coming days and weeks, but I have no problem with it.”

The NBA has long prided itself on tolerance towards minority groups.

“We have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement after Collins’ announcement. “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.”

It was a particularly eventful press conference for Hibbert, who also referred to media members as “m—–f——” in explaining his placement on this year’s Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Hibbert finished with 24 points (on 11-for-20 shooting) and 11 rebounds in 42 minutes.

The Heat and Pacers are now tied at three games apiece. Game 7 is Monday in Miami.

66 comments
RichardRoehl
RichardRoehl

it was a joke on 'being streched out' i think, not any kind of 'attack'.

USfirst1
USfirst1

I'm surprised the NBA didn't suspend him.  That would of taken the pressure off the refs for game 7.

hughaks
hughaks

Sports writers are the biggest bunch of self-absorbed prima donna alarmists. Just report on the box scores, you're not real reporters and nobody's coming here for your take on social justice issues jerks.

jcarplt
jcarplt

  The problem I have with labeling everything "hate speech" is that the concept is misguided.  All groups of people that make the claim are confusing what is prohibited from being said, versus what shouldn't be said.

    You want to tell me what I can and can't say, think, or believe.  If I do that to you I am a bigot.  It is not just about homosexuals. Let me give some examples that are creeping into our lives robbing us of the ability to live carefree happy lives.

   1.  One lobby that would like to ban me from smoking cigarettes on my own property, is the same one that is telling me they should be able to smoke marijuana anywhere.

   2.  One group is telling me that women participating in a combat role is justified because women are as capable as men, then turn around and say those same women are incapable of defending themselves from peacetime sexual harassment.

  3.  A legislator decided to push for abortion rights because the baby is not a baby until born, however a woman 12 weeks pregnant was murdered and lobbied to have the accused charged with two murders.

  4.  Given the demographics of the NBA, if everyone was as worried about the education of that demographic as they were about hate speech maybe something would be done.

  5. I believe Hibbert has free speech rights, but do that in the venue that pays you and has rules against that speech then as someone stated he will be fined .01 % of his salary.  At that rate a DUI should cost me about $5.00.

  6.  I did a informal test about opening doors for others.  8 out of 10 times a thank you was not granted.  Not even a head wave.  I gave a "your welcome" anyway and each time was met with a glare.  My wife then did the same.  Same ratio.  That is greatly disturbing.  Put on your turn signal and watch the gap you were going to merge into disappear.  People would rather crash instead of being courteous.  But the same person expects that gap to be open when they are the merging individual.  Ironically, the most discourteous drivers in my town are those I encounter departing church.  Oh Well. 

So please stop telling me what I can or can't say, feel, think, believe or anything else of the sort.  I will do the same for you.  If we had intact families, more people would use caution with what they say that could offend others.   Basically a little "Golden Rule" knowledge would go a long way.


nubiantimes
nubiantimes

White people and their media are trying to force their cultural practice of homosexuality upon Africans and non-Africans. It is a depraved behavior that is not African white people. Why is the media trying to label anyone who speaks against homosexuality a bigot? Well, white people want to normalize homosexualty since there are so many white males who choose the lifestyle. However, white people should understand that although they wish to practice homosexuality and legitimize it; other cultures will not; and in the end these other cultures will gladly watch white societies descend into homosexual societies with no sense of morals and go extinct. 

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

He can expect a fine of exactly 0.01 of his annual salary.

jcarplt
jcarplt

Pretty soon every word in the English language will be offensive to someone. Lighten up Francis!

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

SI only runs stories like this to get you guys all up in arms. Calm down. It ain't the end of the world.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Class act.  Watch this guy try to run down the floor and understand just why basketball is a VERY flawed game.  Great athletes all around, and then the usual collection of genetic freaks barely capable of even running (forget sprinting)...but tall.

They should raise the basket to 13' and then stiffs like Hibbert would be exposed.  Steph Curry wouldn't slow down with those extra 3' to calculate, Lebron would be fine, but the Hibberts of the world might go scoreless.



JulesG
JulesG

Talk about taking something out of context. The term "no h<mo" is more about comedy than anything to do with bashing ga& people. For example, if so you anything that can used in a joking manner, like if a man says "meat" in a sentence, or "wood", then people say "no h>mo" as a joke. No one is attacking g()y people. That is the same as a man calling another man a B word....is that an attack on women too? Do people understand context anymore? OR, is the whole h*m*sexu@l movement becoming an out of control agenda, where nothing pertaining to h*m*sexu@ls but praise is all that can occur. I wonder why that happens....and it has NOTHING to do with average, everyday gay people. More to do with people in power wanting their lifestyles to be accepted/protected...so much the Media is playing the game too.

MichaelWallis1
MichaelWallis1

Wow a $100,000 fine to Kobe for his statements on homosexuality? Hibbert has to learn to watch is mouth.

muser
muser

Homosexuality is repulsive to the vast majority of people. No amount of politically correct media bullying can make people ignore their feelings. Perhaps the same amount of money and energy should be spent trying to make people not feel sad and queasy at the sight of a squished puppy in the middle of the road. 

L7
L7

'Hibbert rips media.' Media feelings hurt. 'Uses homophobic slang.' Media gets even. 

 It will be interesting to see how Stern handles this.


JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

You think the Big 10 will fine Gee for his anti-Catholic remarks? Those who have the authority to fine should list the protected/non-protected groups. This has gone waaaay overboard

KirkNewsted
KirkNewsted

Waaaaah!  A guy I don't know, who has no impact on my life, said h o m o.  I'm hurt.  I can't go to work tomorrow.  Waaaah.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Maybe gays should be more tolerant of Roy Hibbert.  

goingaways
goingaways

Looks like Hibbert has issues with people thinking that he is Gay and wants to make sure sure sure they understand he is not, maybe he is a closet queen,, you know the more you deny something the more there is something to be discovered and Herschel your an ahole! 

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

I know this is going to me misconstrued by some of you, but, y'all are a bunch of fa ggots.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

phobic. heh. what a dingbat term.

John4
John4

So, a black NBA player used a rap term.  Who knew that black NBA players listened to rap?  As far as the rap term, (and I don't listen to rap - EVER), but are you telling me that rappers make homophobic remarks when rapping?  Really?  Next you'll be claiming that rappers also have raps that are offensive and derogatory to women.  Are you sure you're reporting this correctly, as NONE of this sounds right to me?   This is the first time I have ever heard that rappers are offensive to anyone especially women or gays.   I think a little better research and effort could have been put into this story.  Rappers - offensive, as if.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@nubiantimes 

N please, there are more black transexuals and drag quees that whites.  Africa is filled with gays.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@John NoLastName But is a sign of the apocalypse to the cyber-screaming dimwits sweeping their brand of political correctness across the landscape.   They would have us eliminate pages of words from the dictionary, numerous team names from all levels of sport, and various private organizations that don't meet their level of inclusiveness, all in a vain attempt to make themselves look enlightened.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@DavidHarte You sound more like someone who's just mad than a person who knows what they're talking about.  I'll bet Hibbert can get up and down the court better than you can.

dreynolds48941
dreynolds48941

@DavidHarte Hibbert is one of the most skilled post players in the NBA.  And he gets up and down the court fine.  I don't remember Miami beating him up and down the court often.  Just because he isn't naturally athletic doesn't mean he is a stiff. 

And to weigh in on his comments, he was just being facetious.  No amount of crocodile tears changes that fact. 

101flyboy
101flyboy

@JulesG Comedy at the expense of gay people is homophobia.

And yes, the "gay lifestyle", whatever that is, should be accepted. And people who are gay should be respected and treated the same way anyone else is. Clearly that isn't happening, hence there are issues needed to be addressed.

The Saint
The Saint

@muser

You know what the vast majority of people are thinking? Is that a form of telepathy or just a combination of ignorance and arrogance? And how exactly does the sight of squished puppies make YOU feel....filled with joy and happiness??? The only waste of money and energy I see, is whatever schools tried to educate you—they clearly failed. Since you have no stomach for people who are PC, I will conclude this by stating the obvious; that you are a complete schmuck who should go play in traffic (maybe you'll see some more squished puppies.)

ReardonSteele
ReardonSteele

Ah the tiresome cliche that if you are not enraptured with the gay jihad you of course must be a tortured homosexual.

The Saint
The Saint

@John4 Yes John it is true! They have also been heard to say less then pleasant things about cops. I would honestly sooner listen to elevator music...

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

@John4 - Rap is mostly offensive to blacks - this form of expression has set back the cause of respect for blacks a hundred years. It serves to allow haters to point at rap and say -- "See - they are just stupid animals."

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

@nature boy ric f. @nubiantimes No proof. Homosexualty is a white cultural practice. Whites are following their classical societies which were predominately homosexual and pedophilic.  

RodKay
RodKay

here's my two cents i agree people should watch what they say. Especially a public figure like Hibbert...however, if you want people to treat you like any other person y'all (gay) people need to learn to be more thick skinned. If everyone has to tip toe around what they say around you, You are wanting a special arrangement. Take it like a person with sense of self and humor.

dreynolds48941
dreynolds48941

@101flyboy People make jokes about heterosexual relations all the time and they aren't seen as condemning heterosexuals.  Perhaps Hibbert's comment was slightly insensitive, but nobody would complain if it wasn't directed at gays.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

@ReardonSteele - Many cliche's are true. This article's headline however is misleading - The expression used is not homophobic - it is gay bashing. I doubt Hibbert is afraid of gay men.

ScottYoung
ScottYoung

@nubiantimes - Wow.  Just...wow.  What a blinkered, brainwashed, close-minded, bigoted, ill-informed, inaccurate, Kool-Aid drinking clown you are.  I almost feel sorry for you and the complete waste of a human life you have grown into.  Can't be bothered trying to fix you and your mental illness as we'd both die of old age first.  Someone's sexuality does not make them a better or worse person, but blatant intolerance of others different from yourself does make you a very bad person.  I hope there comes a time when someone saves your life - a doctor, fireman, policeman, paramedic, nurse, or just a good Samaritan - and who will be gay but that you'll never know about until you reach Heaven and someone tells you.  There is nothing good nor bad - it is only thinking it that makes it so.

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

@nature boy ric f. Homosexuality only occurs sometimes in nature when there are no females or the animal is "crazy". Furthermore, it is a weak argument. Homosexuality is a white cultural practice. African never ever practiced homosexuality as cultural more. Indeed, the same can be said about some Asian cultures. 

Culturally this is a depraved act and hygienically homosexuality is a depraved act. Homosexauls can hide behind their mask; i.e. "I'm hetrosexaul"and homosexuality does not bother me"; but it would be better if they would just accept the fact that what they are doing is wrong.

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

@nature boy ric f. Your statement; "it happens in nature" means nothing. Homosexuality serves no purpose. Homosexuality is depraved. 

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

@ReardonSteeleThis is a documented fact. Indeed, if you traced the etymology of many European phrases and words you will find that they have homosexual origins or refer to homosexual practices. Look up the term the "Best Man", "mentor". ...Greece and Rome were homosexual societies. Women were used just to make babies

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

@nature boy ric f. You are changing the subject. Nevertheless, I could easily claim that those who claim to be hetrosexual and practice sodmy are not exclusively hetrosexcual males. Men don't put their private parts in other peoples (men or women) bowel movements. 

ReardonSteele
ReardonSteele

'..which were predominantly homosexual and pedophillic'

Nonsense.

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

@nature boy ric f. All one needs to do is look at the facts. Males who are homosexuals sodomize one another. This practice in itself is depraved. No man should put his private part in another man's bowel movement. It goes against the intention of male  private part. 

Homosexuality is a depraved behavior solely on that point alone. 

101flyboy
101flyboy

@RodKay Equality comes with no qualifiers. Nor does respect. 

JulesG
JulesG

@nature boy ric f. No, that is NOT homophobia. Or else any comedy at anyone's expense would be a phobia towards that person. White comedians make fun of Mexicans, Black people, etc. all the time. They are not seen as attacking them. In this case, the context of the joke is not even directed towards gay people...at all. Yet, because it relates to them, then it is AUTOMATICALLY homophobia. But making a joke is not fear or condemning. Especially when the context of the joke is to address plays on words and is very specific to Black culture. Like, an inside joke of sorts. I know gay people who use the term! But again, for those who don't know that, the hypersensitivity of gay people is out of control. They think anything that isn't just "I agree with your walk of life" just equals hate. And THAT is the issue. Other than that, Hibbert was dumb for trying to use slang in an interview like that, which deserves a fine in itself for not being professional, but an attack on gay people. Hardly. Having to try and explain that is just silly.

101flyboy
101flyboy

@nature boy ric f. I'm not really offended by anything Roy did. It takes more than that to offend me. But yes, telling me that people are oversensitive if they are offended is implicitly saying no-one should be offended by what Roy said even though what he did was, at the very least, tactless. That is telling, primarily gay people, right vs wrong ways to think and judge this. I don't like that. 

101flyboy
101flyboy

@nature boy ric f. Being made a joke of vs joking with. Making a joke of someone, whose not even alert to the fact you're about to do so, is not humor. OK, Roy was trying to be funny, and he failed. It is what it is. 

I'm not really offended by what Roy said, I'm offended at straight people telling me, a gay man, what to feel about something that doesn't pertain to them.

CameronWalton
CameronWalton

What is the definition of Gay Bashing? Cuz i don't think that happened at the press conference. I could be wrong...

ReardonSteele
ReardonSteele

Technically true. But don't you think it's just a tad-just a smidgen-over the top to call it bash[ing]? Are you truly wounded by Roy's comment?

We have become a nation of whining busy-bodies lusting for the next opportunity to be offended.