Pacers' Roy Hibbert fined $75k for "using inappropriate and vulgar language" Saturday night after win over Heat.—
Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 02, 2013
Roy Hibbert was fined 75 large for one of two reasons:
1. He said something offensive and should be punished in order to deter NBA players from this type of behavior;
2. He said something offensive and the NBA felt the need to issue a statement (via Roy Hibbert’s checking account) to its corporate partners that it does not share the offensive views expressed by Roy Hibbert.
I suppose there’s a third rationale; one that’s so offensively paternalistic that I’d rather just hope it isn’t the case. That would be:
3. He said something offensive and the NBA felt the need to punish him so that he would think about why what he said was wrong, and change his views accordingly.
Personally, I think it’s a combination of reasons 1 and 2.