Roy Hibbert issued an apology Sunday after using a gay slur in one answer and cursing in another in reference to the media during his news conference after a Game 6 victory in the Eastern Conference finals Saturday.

Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on LeBron James with "no homo."

Hibbert had drawn a key charge on James in Indiana's 91-77 victory against Miami on Saturday and lamented not providing enough help to teammate Paul George on James in Game 3.

In the statement, Hibbert said he sincerely has "deep regret over my choice of words last night."

"I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night," read the statement, released by the Pacers Sunday morning. "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."

Hibbert had earlier in the morning reached out to Jason Collins via Twitter. Collins made headlines in April when he became the first active male pro athlete in a major American sport to come out publicly as gay.

"Hey can I get a follow," the tweet read. "Would like to discuss something's with you."

Athlete Ally, an activist organization working to end homophobia in sports, addressed Hibbert's comments in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

"We are disappointed by Hibbert's comments, as that kind of language is disrespectful, has no place in sports and is antithetical to the NBA's policies," the statement said. "As an official partner of the NBA and NBPA, Athlete Ally works closely with the league on delivering trainings and workshops to educate players about LGBT inclusion and respect. The league is undoubtedly a leader in this area, and Roy's statement of apology clearly recognizes the harms of his comments.