MIAMI -- Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 on Sunday by the NBA for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Hibbert also apologized for the comments.

"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," Commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

Earlier Sunday, the team issued a statement from Hibbert in which he said he was sorry for his "insensitive remarks."

"They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views," he said in the statement. "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."

After Saturday night's win, Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on Miami's LeBron James with "no homo," a phrase that implies fear of appearing gay. He also called reporters an offensive term.

Before departing for Miami, where Game 7 will be played Monday night, Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters he had already spoken with Hibbert and described the 2012 All-Star center as "contrite." Players were not available Sunday.

With the series tied at three games apiece and a trip to the NBA Finals at stake Monday, distractions are the last thing this young Pacers squad needs as it tries to prevent the Heat from making what many expected to be a stroll into their third straight NBA Finals. The Pacers have appeared in the finals only once, in 2000, when they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers.

So Vogel did what he could to calm down the brewing controversy while still backing the big man who has given Indiana this chance by routinely beating up the defending NBA champions inside.

"It's simple. I support him. I know he's not that person and that it was a mistake," Vogel said. "He knows he's wrong. I didn't have to tell him that and we all love and support him."

Hibbert said Saturday night that he didn't care if he got fined. In his statement Sunday, he said, "I sincerely have deep regret over my choice of words last night."

Hibbert had drawn a key charge on James in Indiana's 91-77 victory that evened the series and lamented not providing enough help defensively to teammate Paul George on James in Game 3.

Hibbert was later asked why he finished so low in voting for Defensive Player of the Year, telling reporters that it was "because y'all (expletives) don't watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth."

There was some irony in that Hibbert was sharing the dais with George when he said those words. George was the NBA's Most Improved Player this season, as selected earlier this spring by a voting panel of writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

The 7-foot-2 Hibbert's star turn has been a major reason Indiana has pushed the defending champion Heat to a Game 7. He has averaged 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in the series, up from 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in the regular season.

But now, suddenly, the Pacers' big man who has been the talk of the series has become the center of attention for a different reason.

"Obviously, he made a great mistake. He feels horribly about it," Vogel said. "I told him, basically, that we've got to move on from it."

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  • Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem reacts on the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Pacers won 91-77. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert reacts on the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Pacers won 91-77. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Pacers won 91-77. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) and center Chris Bosh (1) react in the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. The Indiana Pacers won 91-77. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert goes up for a shot against Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. The Indiana Pacers won 91-77. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West dunks against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) battle for a rebound during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after being called for a technical foul while shooting against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after being called for a technical foul while shooting against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West reacts after his dunk against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Indiana Pacers forward David West battles for the ball with Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reaches for a rebound against Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots a free-throw against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) reacts to a call during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. At right is Miami Heat guard Norris Cole. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, right, speaks with an official during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade reacts during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James gets fouled by Indiana Pacers forward David West during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert dunks against Miami Heat center Joel Anthony during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, left, shoots against Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert shoots against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40| battles for a loose ball against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Indiana Pacers guard George Hill and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem vie for a loose ball during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James dunks during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, takes a shot against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) as Miami Heat center Joel Anthony defends against Hibbert during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert reacts during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) goes up for a shot against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Erik Spoelstra

    Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra reacts to play during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) goes up for a shot against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Sam Young battles for a loose ball against Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James hangs on the basket as he dunks the ball during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Miami Heat guard Norris Cole goes up for s shot against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat guard Norris Cole goes up for s shot against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot by Miami Heat center Joel Anthony during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, left, and forward Tyler Hansbrough block a shot by Miami Heat center Joel Anthony during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoot against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) blocks a shot by Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • LeBron James

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Sam Young (4) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot by Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is fouled by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James falls as he drives the ball against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) passes the ball to center Chris Bosh against Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) and forward Paul George during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dunks against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel directs his team during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem and Indiana Pacers forward David West chase after a rebound during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson passes the ball to forward Paul George against Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)