Hibbert’s Comment More Juvenile than Offensive

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Roy Hibbert said something regrettable last night.

During the post-game press conference, he uttered the phrase “No Homo” when describing his contact with LeBron James.  In fact, here is exactly what Hibbert said:

“There was Game 3 here that I felt I let Paul (George) down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting into the paint because they stretched me out so much — no homo (laughs) — but I want to be there for him. I think he has a chance to be MVP of this league next year.”

Immature?  Yes?

Offensive?  Not so much.

Allow me to explain…

I have heard FAR more offensive terms said as it pertains homosexuals.  Hell, I used to say those things once upon a time.

But saying “No Homo”?  Not the worst thing I’ve heard.

Allow me to explain what the phrase “No Homo” to the old and un-hip.  The phrase is used to parenthetically (big word for the day) assert that the speaker of such does not have any homosexual intent and are usually used after an utterance that may have given that impression.

Here are some examples:

“Yo, those are some dope shirt my man – no homo“.

“I’m glad I saw that musical last night – no homo.”

“Pass the hot dogs – no homo.”

Again, “no homo” does not indicate any kind of homophobia.  It simply means, “I realize that what I just said might have a gay subtext, but don’t worry; I wasn’t implying anything of a homosexual nature.”

Hell, it’s pretty much a generational thing more than anything.  These young cats have been using that phrase since the beginning of the millennium.

Again, would I use the phrase?  No, mainly because it’s not becoming of a guy approaching his 40s.

I just do not think it’s offensive as people make it out to be.

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