Pacers center Roy Hibbert used a gay slur in a postgame press conference Saturday night. (Getty Images) Pacers center Roy Hibbert used a gay slur in a postgame press conference Saturday night. (Getty Images)

 

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert apologized Sunday for using a gay slur during a postgame interview.

 

When asked Saturday night about his defense on Miami’s LeBron James Hibbert ended his answer with the phrase, “no homo.”

 

"I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night," Hibbert said in a statement released by the team. "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."

Hibbert also reached out via Twitter to NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first male professional athlete in North America to declare he was gay last month.

 

The Pacers and Heat play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday in Miami (8:30 p.m., TNT).