Roy Hibbert must have been feeling the backlash for dropping a “no homo” comment during his postgame news conference on Saturday following the Indiana Pacers’ 91-77 win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, because he didn’t waste any time reaching out to Jason Collins over Twitter.
The Pacers center sent a tweet to Collins, a free agent center who recently became the first American athlete in a major team sport to come out as gay, likely so they could privately exchange messages about the subject. Here’s the tweet:
@jasoncollins34 hey can I get a follow. Would like to discuss something’s with you.
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) June 2, 2013
For many people, saying things like “that’s gay” or “no homo” is natural and casual, and they don’t realize that the phrases are offensive. But it looks like Hibbert is quickly realizing that some people find “no homo” offensive, and he’s going straight to a source to see the reaction.
Hibbert used poor judgment in saying “no homo”, but credit him for being willing to learn and adjust from his mistakes.
Here are his press conference comments, including him cussing at the media.