Should Roy Hibbert Have Been Fined For His Postgame Comments After Game Six Of The Eastern Conference Finals? [POLL]
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert drew the ire of many, including the NBA’s league offices, when he went on a rant following Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Hibbert, generally perceived as a good guy by fans, used a homophobic slur and used profanity to address the media as well.
As a result, Hibbert was fined $75,000, a number comparable to the occasion in which Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for being caught by television cameras shouting a homophobic slur towards an official.
Some are saying that the fine was justified, on the grounds that there is no place in professional sports for such immature and homophobic language to be used. There is certainly no denying the fact that words like the ones Hibbert used can do damage to members of the LGBT community, something that should never happen in any situation.
However, others feel as though the comments were overblown given the commonality of the slur in the hip hop community. Some attribute the sensitivity towards his statement to the wussification of America as a result of our country’s media being too focused on political correctness.
What do you think? Did Hibbert deserve to be fined for his comments? Take our poll below and make your voice heard.