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Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Posted on: May 22, 2011 9:05 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 5:14 am
 
Did Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah get caught uttering the same slur that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined for? Posted by Ben Golliver.

During Sunday night's telecast of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah appeared to direct profane language, and possibly a gay slur, toward someone seated behind the Bulls bench.

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Back in April, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was caught on a television broadcast using similar language toward an NBA official and was eventually fined $100,000 by the NBA league office.

The exchange occurred after Noah was whistled for his second foul with more than six minutes remaining in the first quarter. Noah was whistled for an over the back call after attempting to tap in a Carlos Boozer miss. Noah came from behind Heat forward LeBron James to tap the ball near the cylinder and made contact with his body. After briefly arguing the call, Noah headed straight for the Bulls bench and began barking at someone seated behind him and to his right.

Noah then appeared to yell a string of profanities and finished with what appears to be the exact phrase that Bryant was fined for using. The only difference: Noah was not addressing one of the officials.

The Associated Press reported immediately after Game 3 that Noah "is acknowledging saying 'something' toward a fan" and that the NBA "declined immediate comment" on the incident. 

Jamey Eisenberg reports for CBSSports.com that Noah issued an apology on Sunday night after Game 3.
"I just got caught up," Noah said after the Heat beat the Bulls 96-85 to take a 2-1 series lead. "I didn't mean any disrespect. ... A fan said something, and I said something back. I apologize."

When asked if he expects to be fined, Noah said, "I don't know what's going to happen."
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Noah expanded a bit at Chicago's Monday morning shootaround.
"Yesterday, I made some comments that were pretty disrespectful. After I picked up my second foul, I said some things. I was pretty upset about it, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I didn't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. It wasn't right, and I'm going to deal with the consequences."
Berger also reports that Bulls forward Taj Gibson said Noah was the target of a stream of abuse from an intoxicated fan.
"The guy just kept going. I know the crowd looked at the guy too, like, 'Come on man, leave him alone. It's over.' But the guy just kept going. ... It was the usual, but in that circumstances, it was heavy because he was really loud. And he was a big guy, too. He was intoxicated. When I saw him, I was surprised, because he just kept going and going. Normally a fan may say a couple of things and then sit down. But he just kept going and going, and it was Joakim the whole time."
In a video statement released on Bulls.com on Monday, Noah said he was ready to "deal with the consequences."
"Yesterday I made some comments that were pretty disrespectful after I picked up a second foul. I came out of the game and a fan said something to me and I was really upset about it. I said some things I shouldn't have said. I don't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. It wasn't right and I'm going to deal with the consequences. But right now what's really frustrating is that we have a game to worry about and I don't want to be a distraction to the team. I think all of our focus and all of our energy has to be on that right now."
Immediately after the incident, NBA analysts and media members took to Twitter to predict that Noah would be fined by the NBA league office. "Because the NBA fined Kobe, you think they'll have to fine Noah," CNBC's Darren Rovell tweeted. "But it's really the luck of the draw whether you're caught on TV."

"No question he said exactly what Kobe said," SI.com's Zach Lowe added. "Get that $100k ready, Joakim."

Here's video of Noah's profanity-laced exchange.



This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
Comments

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:36 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Gays should have a thicker skin. So what it's just name calling. No one deserves a 100,000 dollar fine for getting mad and saying some insults. Gays are always pushing their agenda down our throats. Gays should be more tolerant. People are feed up with being pushed hard by gay agenda that is everywhere in our face.
Ha!!!



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:28 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Isn't being a mediocre talent punishment enough?

My vote is to leave Jokin alone



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:21 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Not only did he say exactly what Kobe said, but it was audible.

AND HE SAID IT TWICE!

200k? 



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Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:58 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Fining someone for a gay slur is gay.  So the NBA and neanderthal man should call it even.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:28 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

How often have I seen quotation marks used as shorthand for insinuation.  Such usage is a sign of of intellectual laziness at best. At its worst it is a method of promulgating otherwise indefensible points of view.

Hmm.  The first "sentence" is not even a sentence.  Just intellectually lazy?  Quotations at their best usage may be a subtle cue, a marker of non-traditional usage, or even just a "signal" that the "word" is being used in a manner which could require further "examination".  Using quotations can be useful, and to put the highest value at "intellectual laziness" is a small minded viewpoint.  There are many points of view which seem indefensible, but one common error is to make a blanket statement as though it is always true.

Back to the issue of this blog.  Until I see a written list of what "is" and "is not" permitted speech, my opinion is that we can all determine for ourselves whether speech is offensive.  Much of what I hear is erroneous, poorly stated, or plain rude, but very little of it is punishable.  This, of course, is the "opinion" of one person, which is certainly going to differ from others.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:19 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

How boring is your "critique?" 


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