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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.
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:49 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.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:24 am
 

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I condemn the "jounalists" for foisting another "victim's voice" on the cultural mind of the people and I condemn the league for colaboration.  We must destroy these enemies of humanity by recognizing thier tools of manipulation, identifying the "how" of these tools' influence, scraping away the infestation of the moral/ethical code inherently imposed on our being by this host mind and create a mind for ourselves.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:49 am
 

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The worst thing I heard Noah say was "I didn't mean no disrespect".  After all, he was raised by a wealthy, successful, professional athlete, probably went to private schools, and had every opportunity our society could offer.  Bad grammar is a clear sign of not caring, not a sign of not knowing.  It is lazy, sloppy and reveals upbringing.  Yes, I hear it all the time.  I know all about aint', don't got, done been, and all dem things.  I hear it, understand it, tolerate it, and yet I know what it means.

Then there is just plain rudeness and cursing.  I don't know who gets to draw the line here.  Obviously not CBS Sports.  I read the "Rules" just now, because I signed up just to make this post.  The "Rules" make it very clear that certain things are not "allowed" on this blog, and those so-called "Rules" are being violated in virtually every post.  Can we say the F-Word or not?  Can we say the N-Word or not?  What about the other F-Word?  The S-Word?  The D-Word?  And so on.  There are only twenty-six letters.  I can make a list of seven words, but another comedian George Carlin already did this in 1972 and we now have "the worst word in the world" and it's not on the list.  That would be the N-Word, which of course is legal for black people to say but not white people.

So Noah, you're pretty trashy, I guess.  But not because you used a bad word.  Because you use lazy grammar.  And ought to know better.



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:41 am
 

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We have raised an entire generation where in school or anywhere, no one could rebuke or censure their behavior for fear of being labeled a racist or biggot, because we did not understand the culture. Well, now we have a culture of thugs that permeates our entire society where people feel like they are mistreated when someone asks them to stop talking loudly on the phone in a "Quiet Area" or can slur a group of people, but don't you dare call me anything that may in any way degrade my race. Why is it that one or two groups of people can develop a culture of selfish, thuggish and rude behavior and the rest of us have to accept it, because it is their culture? Whereas, those same groups are immune to reprimand for disrespectful and racist behavior because it is part of their culture. I should not have to accept any behavior in public that I do not condone. Why not move toward a society and culture of respect for all and not just your race or gender?



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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:19 am
 

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Some of you on here are just plain idiots!!!

There's 30,000 people yelling at Noah so that he can screw up, make mistakes, so that they can get under his skin.   Does he not have the right to say something back?  In a lot of people's eyes, he may have said something wrong.  Oh well, so be it.  How would you handle it if you had 30,000 people come to your work, yelling all kinds of things at you, including profanities, trying to get you to screw up, make mistakes......how would you handle it?  Yes he is a professional athelete, but does that make him any different than the rest of us because he should expect people to yell at him when he's "working"?  I don't like Joakim Noah, I never have.........I don't know the guy personally, but I don't blame him for what he said.  If he said it to me, I would tell him there is no need to apologize to me.  I was yelling at him so he has every right to give it back to me, no matter what words were said.

This is obviously a hot topic, and we all have the right to our own opinion and how we voice that opinion...........but some of you have taken that right and opened your mouths far to wide.   



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