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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: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:23 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Your insinuation of my being intellectually lazy is based on the assertion that my first sentence is grammatically incorrect.  This assertion is itself incorrect and in so being may serve well to underline my point about the use of insinuation.   That which you call "examination" is actually the writer's responsibility to explicate.  This responsibility will be lost on those who find the use of quotation marks to send "signals" to be its "highest value."

I certainly did not make a blanket statement or claim that my point of view is "always true" but rather spoke only about very specific usage that I have seen.  I make no assertions regarding the permissibility of any speech.

As an aside, I have noticed certain affectations prevalent among writers of a particular philosophical outlook: The use of "hmm" to strike an arch and dismissive pose.  The claiming of authority, as in "Until I see a..." or some other arbitrary standard to which those with whom these writers would disagree are supposedly obliged to accede.  And, when these writers' arguments' failures become obvious even to themselves, the nolo contendere that some disagreement is inevitable, the implication being that even shoddy arguments ought to be afforded the courtesy of consideration.





Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

TheMiamiCaniac said:

"I wonder if ethnic and religious minorities, non-English speaking persons, and those with disabilities have their efforts to be treated with respect and dignity to be considered "tactics" by people unlike themselves?"

Wow. Is it possible that pro-homosexual people are really unaware of just how offensive it is to such minorities to be placed on the same plane as sodomites?



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Maybe if Noah were suspended for a game, and the Bulls were to end up losing the series to he Heat, I'll be LMAO, too!



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

MARSKK:  I think Kobe said u *M* f'n @#$%^, so the *M* word cost another 50k. lmssao. good stuff...



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Noah gets 50,000 fine? same word but half of what Kobe got.  



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Yep, what troubles me is that it is not even treated as abnormal behavior anymore, while it HAS to be considered such.  Two facts for it to be abnormal: 1) it is such a small percentage of the population; 2) If it was the norm, and a majority of humans were of this ilk, the human race would not continue to exist due to a greatly dwindling population over time - thus it is against the norm



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

No big deal, Joakim apologized.  What if he yelled "you're light in the loafers pal?" or "I know why you float to the rim so easily - it's gotta be the shoes (loafers)"  Or how about "I know your favorite position on the baseball field," or "you estrogen laden pig," or ... u get the picture - he could creatively say a bunch of things and not get fined...bet on that..



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

I wonder if ethnic and religious minorities, non-English speaking persons, and those with disabilities have their efforts to be treated with respect and dignity to be considered "tactics" by people unlike themselves?  Maybe you could google that? 



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

There's certainly no excuse for the "fan's" behavior during the game . . . . but if the athlete (especially a "professional" one) ignores it -- or acts as if he does -- the harrassment often stops, leaving only individual looking like an idiot, not both of them. 


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