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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: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

My goodness. Look at all the posts in this thread deleted by the administrator. Pro-homosexual propaganda is just fine with CBS, but speak against it in any powerful way and - POOF! - you're gone. These exquisitely tolerant people are tolerant of everything - except disagreement. The writers and controllers of this site have been thoroughly processed. Don't believe it? Google for this:

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Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

I guess Noah should have simply called the haggler a sexual deviant.



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

A remark like the one Noah made isn't a surprise, considering the lawless, "I'm better than everybody else" attitude that typically comes from players out of the University of Florida.



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

back in my day gay meant happyCool.



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Others on this blog and everywhere need to stop telling people how to parent their kids. Parents should be able to carry their children to a professional sporting event without having disrespectful language or actions imposed on them by some ridiculously acting athlete. If an athlete cannot act properly, it is only the athlete's fault. If you want the money, respect and fame afforded by being a professional supported by the fans money, then act like a professional and not like a stupid thug. If that type of behavior is not condoned in our homes, then why is it accepted anywhere?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

WOW...CBS is on a censoring tear.....




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

maybe you should explain to your son, that these are (for the most part) uneducated athletes and that they are entertaining you with sport, and that they shouldnt be his role models, dont be a lazy parent. if your kid is learning how to act from an nba player then your to blame for poor parenting!!!!!!!! Im not condoning how the plyer act, but seriously, if your kid is acting like a "thug" because you let nba player be his "idol", your to blame.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

The NBA celebrates and promotes the Thug Life Oh Yeah We're Bad image of the NBA but suddenly they can't say something that is allegedly socially unacceptable???  And then these "badass" athletes apologize and for something that 99% of the time is brougt on by fans in the stands AND is perpetuated by this whole 8 year old playground mentality???  Give me a break.  What they should be saying is "Freedom of speech, b*tches!!! Now get offa my a$$ before I put a cap in it!!!!!!!!!"  Then I might actually respect them for putting their money where their mouths are instead of acting like a bunch of media cowards.



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

no disrepect, but stop taking your 6-year old or stop sitting in a section where he can hear such language.  Until we as fans stop supporting this kind of behavior, because athletes are in the heat of the battle, it won't change.  Remember, they need us, we don't need them.  Good luck with your kid, I have been through the same situation with my son.



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Kobe did it to a ref, this guy did it to a fan.  I don't like Kobe or Noah, but it shouldn't be as big a deal as it is. 


Kobe deserved a fine - the league has to protect the refs and it's rather unsportman-like for someone that gets paid through fan base money.  They also set a precedent in doing so.  Noah will probably get a fine, but I think it should be less.  Say 50 K.  It's not like it will bankrupt him either way.  It's simply the league saying you got caught and we can't back you up in this.  

Either way, Rose would be better off with some classier players around him who can handle the pressure as he does.


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