NBA Fines Joakim Noah $50,000 for Using Gay Slur on Heckling Fan

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The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah $50,000 for using a derogatory and offensive term from the bench during the first quarter of the Bulls’ 96-85 loss to the Miami Heat last night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

It was the gay slur, the homophobic f-word. You know which one, and it was directed at a Miami Heat fan who was taunting him. Not a good time to be using that word. What with the Phoenix Suns CEO coming out last week and all.

“I think that with the comment to the fan, I just want to apologize about that.  I had just picked up my second foul.  I was frustrated,” Noah told the media Monday.

“He said something that was disrespectful towards me, and I lost my cool. I’m not ?? people who know me know I’m an open?minded guy.  I’m not here to hurt anybody’s feelings.  I’m just here to, you know, help win a basketball game. I’m not ?? people who know me know I’m an open?minded guy.  I’m not here to hurt anybody’s feelings.”

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