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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: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

This is crazy. These guys shouldn't be fine for talking back to a fan. I know I wouldn't sit there and take it. Security should have taken the fan out of the arena. Now if one of the players started it then that's different. I know fans have to follow a certain conduct to watch the game. Buying a ticket doesn't give you a pass. If the league fines this guy without somehow disciplining the fan then that would be sending the wrong message.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

 If he called the fan a fat ass, it would be a non-story.

 If he called a fan a retard, it would be a non-story.

 If he called a fan a dumb cracker, it would be a non-story.


 If the homosexual community was so proud, they'd brush this crap off like the rest of society does.



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:45 pm
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Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

I have to agree with the majority here, people are wasy to sensitve.  My life style is pretty normal so an insult like that has no affect on me.  Bottom line is the court, field rink, or diamond  is there office and cameras and mics are all over them.  These words were said in the heat of the moment, I'm sure no thought was given when these words flew right out.  If some one miced up my office or home I would be indebt.  Lighten up and enjoy the game.  If you have kids around tell them what is right and wrong, Im sure they have heard it all before.  Also sure if they were aked they'd probably  say they heard it at home.



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Gays watch figure skating and fashion shows, not sports, so why should they care?



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

I agree that what Joakim Noah said was harsh, but the ignorant fan should have kept his mouth shut in the first place. However, I get tired of all the whining from gay groups about them being victims of anti-gay slurs.

I just wonder how many gay people have stopped to think before they referred to Christians as "religious nuts"...or to country folk as "dumb rednecks"...or to political conservatives as "little Hitlers" ?

Seems to me that the gays and lesbians mostly get offended when it's about them, but they have no problem insulting other people who have different views.




Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

what a you talking about, dude?



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:35 pm
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Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

Joakim Noah has been a classless individual for years.  So what is new here?



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Joakim Noah caught using gay slur towards fan

the freak with the top hat and the basket ball.

SHOOT THE MOOOOON


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