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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: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:06 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Can we leave the social debate about homosexuality out of sports reporting please? Most sports fans could care less... know your audience! Noah dropped a Diet F-Bomb... big deal. $100k for that is excessive.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:46 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

I find it amusing that a guy that whines like a girl on every call or non-call and who wears his hair in a girly-curly ponytail is calling someone "gay".



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:37 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Everyone says Miami's a dead fan base, but we sure have a way of getting under the skin of millionaire athletes that should know better.

Wow, so because you got a hot tempered atlhlete to yell a profanity or whatever he said, that makes you a great fan base.  Go watch a Marlins game...there are maybe 30 people (ok, 17k reported) in the stands.  You have a great young team and no one even bothers to show up.  Sure the stadium is a dump and a bit of a trek, but they are your team.  And as for Heat "fans," at the start of the season, they couldn't even make it to the stadium before the second period.   Your team signed the the biggest FA probably in the history of the NBA and his buddy and your fans couldnt even both showing up on time or staying for the whole game.

So yes, the Miami Heat fan base, all 12 of you before this season and the millions of bandwagoners after, are dead (your word, not mine).  I'm not saying that as a Bulls fan (I thought the ATL fans were great and as much as I hate Pacer fans, at least they are fans), but as someone who has just watched you guys all year and seen all the empty seats all season long.  


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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:25 am
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Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:51 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

Why is society and the gay population forcing me to like gays?  i dont like people who smoke cigarettes, I dont like people who suck at sports,I dont like religous fanatics and I dont like gay men and I dont care if they like me.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:50 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

this country is so PC anymore its nauseating



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:46 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

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?

Dude, no one has had it harder on the road this season than LeBron obviously. And the ONLY time he snapped was when someone kept making comments about his mom/Delonte. And all he did then was turn to the fan and tell him that he can say anything about HIM, but not to be disrespectful about his family. No slurs, though there was a profanity peppered in there. Players have to keep their cool. Noah's comments will cost him in the pocketbook, but if you don't think it led to him having a lousy night and committing 5 stupid fouls it's the price of immaturity.




Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:41 am
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:36 am
 

Video: Joakim Noah caught using gay slur?

This will make it the second time in 6 months that a pro athlete gets fined for cussing out fans. Anyone remember this one:



Everyone says Miami's a dead fan base, but we sure have a way of getting under the skin of millionaire athletes that should know better.


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