Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert Fined $75K For Vulgar Postgame Remarks

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert Fined $75K For Vulgar Postgame RemarksDuring an interview after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a 91-77 win for the Indiana Pacers, Roy Hibbert made two controversial comments, the first being a gay slur and the second an expletive when criticizing the media. Hibbert was later fined $75,000 for his statements, per Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

‘Will not be tolerated’

Commissioner David Stern expanded on his decision to fine the former Georgetown Hoya, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

David Stern: “While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary… to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA.”


‘Disrespectful and offensive’

Hibbert later issued an apology for his comments, via NBA.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.

Hibbert has been sensational against the Miami Heat, topping 20 points in each of his past five games (19 in Game 1). More importantly, he has protected the rim with supreme efficiency, keeping the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade out of the paint.

Are you a fan of the Indiana Pacers? What do you think of Roy Hibber’s controversial postgame remarks — tolerable or unforgivable?

 

Source: Maxwell Ogden, Bleacher Report

Image: CBC Sports

Russian Photographer Apologizes For Illegally Climbing Pyramids And Taking Amazing Photos

Russian Photographer Apologizes For Illegally Climbing Pyramids And Taking Amazing PhotosAn Internet sensation was touched off this week by Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov and a group of his friends — the group ignored regulations prohibiting the public from climbing on the Pyramids at Giza, Egypt, and came away with spectacular photos.

‘Childhood dream come alive’

The photos have incited reactions ranging from envy and awe to indignation and concern for the preservation of the ancient wonders. In an email to CNN, Makhorov now explains his reasons for flouting the regulations, and issues an apology to Egypt and the world.

“I’ve always been drawn to Egypt. For as long as I can remember my dream was to get to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza… No words can express the fascination I felt when seeing my childhood dream come alive. Probably this very feeling made us climb onto the top of the Pyramid and see the the panorama of the whole complex, the desert and Cairo itself.


‘Magnificent panorama’

“It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could. You have to be quite strong and agile to climb onto a meter-high block covered with dust… What we saw from up there was the seventh wonder of the world. We tried to capture the beauty of the scenery in the photos, so that the others could also see this magnificent panorama…

“That’s why I would like to apologize for this ascension. We didn’t want to insult anyone. We were just following the dream.”

What is your opinion about illegally climbing the Egyptian pyramids — is it a crime worthy of punishment or an act of curiosity worthy or awe? And what do you think about the photos they snapped?

Source: Frances Cha, CNN

Image: Architizer