Roy Hibbert Apologizes for Saying "No Homo"


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After Roy Hibbert dropped the “no homo” line during last night’s press conference, the Internet basically blew up. Many were offended, many thought he shouldn’t talk so reckless on television, many thought it was a harmless joke.

Hibbert seemed to almost immediately realize the gravity of his words, reaching out on Twitter to Jason Collins, who recently became the first openly gay active NBA player. Today, about 12 hours after the comment, the Indiana Pacers center publicly apologized for his remarks, saying he has “deep regret” for his choice of words.

Here’s the official statement, via Pacers.com:

“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.”

The NBA is likely to fine Hibbert for his postgame remarks, which also included him calling the media “motherf**kers.”

Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 in 2011 for yelling the gay slur “f***ot” towards an NBA official during a game. David Stern called Bryant’s comment “offensive and inexcusable.” Joakim Noah of the Bulls said the same word, towards a fan, in the playoffs about a month later. He was fined $50,000. The price tag was lower because, as reported by ESPN, “Kobe’s fine included discipline for verbal abuse of a game official,” said NBA spokesman Mark Broussard.

Hibbert’s comment was certainly less malicious than those two instances, and he is by all accounts a good guy. No doubt he will try to make up for what he did.

Just remember to watch what you’re saying, Roy.

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  • djmcba

    I don’t really see how anyone reasonable could take no homo to be offensive, it means “not in a homosexual manner.” That is not implying anything is wrong with things done in a homosexual manner.

    I think it speaks to our culture how a bunch of people get offended on the behalf of other people that may not really even be offended. That said, stupid of Roy to say given that is the current (sad) state of our culture.

    I hope it’s not a distraction and I hope it doesn’t do too much damage to his reputation as he is just starting to get respect for his game.

    Go pacers!!

  • Jack Wright

    I think somewhere around zero people were offended by his comments. But everyone feels the need to express how inappropriate and insulting those comments were, because they want to appear to be sensitive and culturally-aware and all that bull. Let’s all try to bring ourselves back down to earth and quit raising fuss about a few words that none of us were ever offended by in the 1st place.

  • dwaink

    what? Roy said something? that’ll teach him to open up and speak how he feels….
    GOOOOOOOOOOO PACERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hoosierfan8781

    Christ, the people commenting are clueless.

    The phrase “no homo” implies that there is something wrong with being a homosexual by going out of one’s way to point out that the person speaking isn’t a homosexual. The term “homo” itself is a slur. Period.

    People lamenting the rise of “political correctness” are more often than not just mad they can’t be assholes in public without facing some sort of consequences for it.

    And if you’re not a homosexual, you have exactly zero business commenting that a term for a homosexual isn’t offensive.

    I also like how being culturally aware and sensitive is considered a bad thing. Jesus Christ. Empathy is pretty much the only attribute needed to be a good person. You guys are right, our culture does suck; it sucks because large portions of our country look at things like empathy/sensitivity as bad and selfishness/ignorance as virtues.

    All that said, I think everybody knows that Roy isn’t a bigot. It was a (very) poor statement to make, but I don’t have the slightest doubt that he’s sorry and realizes it’s a mistake. I also have no doubt that he’ll do his damnedest to make it up to the fans and people who are understandably insulted. I’m disappointed in him, but I imagine he’ll turn this into a good thing.

    • djmcba

      Homo is Latin for same (whereas hetero is the Latin prefix for different). Homo is quite obviously not a slur, but tone and context can make it derogatory. Educate yourself before you spout off accusing others of wanting to be assholes in public. By definition, your comment is ignorant as you didn’t know the meaning of homo.

      Acceptance and cultural sensitivity are both important but ignorance cuts both ways as you demonstrated. Also, only homosexual people can have discourse on the topic of sexuality? That is pathetically flawed logic, not to mention discriminatory.

      • Jesse

        It’s not pathetically flawed logic. It’s simple. You don’t get to decide for other groups what is offensive to them or not. It was a crude and unfunny joke by Roy. Jared got this right in his first post. He was right to apologize and then everyone should move on.

        • djmcba

          I am not deciding what is offensive for other people, nor did I ever suggest that in any way. Saying no one else can have an opinion or contribute to the matter is erroneous. If that is your stance, then Jared was wrong in his article because he had no right to comment on the issue. That said, I have read a number of responses from gay individuals (if that is the most acceptable term to use) and there are many believing it offensive, many not – assuming all gay people have homogeneous points of view is disrespectful and ignorant.

          Agreed it’s time to move on, but Roy’s dumb word choice leads to discussions that can help enlighten people’s understanding (mine included). Viewing it as something black/white or offensive/unoffensive diminishes any potential positive outcome and increased understanding that can result from what he said.

        • RonJohn

          You don’t get to decide for other groups what is offensive to them or not.

          So if a protected class suddenly decides that “meatball sub” is a derogatory term, then no one can ever refer to that specific delicious sandwich anymore????

    • Jack Wright

      ur disappointed in him? give me a freakin’ break.

      • Jack Wright

        also, u take God’s name in vain twice in that post while u preach about empathy and sensitivity?? i’m disappointed in u

    • Craig

      You took the Lord’s name in vain. Breaking the third Commandment highly offensive to a lot of Christians. If you don’t believe me, try using “Jesus Christ” as interjection on broadcast television. They’ll bleep you, but seriously there’s about 5 things I want to disagree with.

      1. “No Homo” is much more of a joke than a slur. Its kind of like someone calling a “That’s what she said” joke on themselves and following it up with, “I’m not a woman.” It’s really just pointing out that what you said could be taken as a double entendra, but it doesn’t apply to you. There’s a huge difference between that and saying “You h*#$” where you’re attaching a negative sentiment with the word. Sometimes it used to point out stereotypes too, but it’s not usually a joke that implies hostility towards gay people. Not in Roy’s case anyway.

      2. Please don’t stereotype people lamenting “political correctness” as people who want to be assholes in public. There are legitimate reasons to disagree with being PC. See #5

      3. I think I’m entitled to an opinion on what is and what isn’t offensive. At the very least, I can correctly state it’s not offensive to me and most people commenting on the internet (for what that’s worth).

      4. Who in this country says ignorance is a virtue? To me, it sounds like you’re going for a back-handed way to call people who disagree with your opinion as ignorant.

      5. It’s not that some people see sensitivity and “political correctness” as bad. Rather they don’t like the policing of speech. It seems the NBA isn’t far too far from throwing out suspensions on something like this. I don’t want to see Roy miss a game because for what I think is basically meant as a sexual innuendo joke. This maybe not be a great analogy, but I’ll throw it out: I’d hope you agree that using the “n” word is wrong, but that it’d also be dumb for the league start fining/suspending any player who uses it. I think there needs to be discretion. I think most people don’t like the NBA being sensitive to the point where it’s creating distractions from the real story: basketball.

      6. I hope that, on this topic, we can go head to head on this a bit further. You’ll get no homo joke from me.

      7. Sorry, couldn’t resist the double entendra with word play. I hope you can laugh at that.

  • Chad

  • Eli

    I was pretty irritated with the word choice Roy used. I’m bisexual, and while I’ve long passed the point where I’ll let the words of people I watch play sports affect me personally, it does speak on the culture, where yes, being heterosexual is a plus in certain mainstream communities.

    That said, Roy has been getting away with saying “Sack up,” and the sexist implications there are just as blatant as “no homo” is homophobic, if not more so. The media is odd with it’s decisions on what and what not to bring to the populace’s attention.

    Ultimately, people should remember that we know Roy because he is very good at putting a ball in a hoop, and very very VERY good at not letting other people put a ball in a hoop, that’s what he’s paid for, so until we have multiple personal meetings with him, instances like this can’t really give us a real understanding of who he is.

    Game 7 is tonight, and the Pacers are on the brink of history, we can talk about mainstream culture’s treatment of minority groups all summer, right now Indiana, and this bisexual Hoosier in particular, have one thing on the docket.

    Beat the Motherfucking Heat.

  • Vanna Huot

    Indiana fan’s are a bunch of delusional, bible loving closet freaks. And Roy Hibbert is a complete imbecile. Nice of you guys signing him to the max.

    That’s a great way to get your team into title contention.

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