Roy Hibbert may want to have his national anonymity back following his comments after the Indiana Pacers' 91-77 Game Six victory over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
During the postgame press conference, the all-star 7-foot center was asked why he didn’t garner more votes for NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and he responded with a potent tirade.
"Y'all m------------- 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."
With an average 22.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks against Miami this postseason, Hibbert is one of the main reasons the Pacers have controlled the paint and have the defending champions on the brink of elimination. But his recent comments may overshadow his contributions, as what would have been a player’s simple venting of frustrations has turned into something uglier.
Hibbert was also asked how Miami’s LeBron James has remained highly effective in the paint despite the Pacers' best efforts.
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"LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint 'cause he was stretching me out so much -- no homo."
The former Georgetown all-American issued an apology through the team Sunday.
"I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night," Hibbert said in the statement. "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."
The videos below show both of Hibbert's comments.