Chicago’s Joakim Noah fined for insultMIAMI - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 on Monday for yelling an insulting remark, believed to be a gay slur, at a spectator in Miami during his team’s NBA playoff loss on Sunday night.
Television cameras showed Noah appearing to say “faggot” after sitting down on the bench just 5:34 into the opening quarter of Miami’s 96-85 win, which gave the Heat a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven final.
“I apologize,” Noah said. “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful and I got caught up in the moment and I said some things that I shouldn’t have said.
“I was frustrated and I [didn’t mean any] disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”
The fine imposed by the NBA was half the amount the league imposed on Los Angeles Lakers playmaker Kobe Bryant last month for saying the same thing to referee Ben Adams during a game.
A league spokesman said the Bryant was fined more because he was verbally abusive to an NBA game official.
Noah met with NBA officials Monday before he was fined for his remark to the taunting Heat supporter.
“I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings,” he said. “Anybody who knows me knows that I’m not like that. I’m an open-minded guy. I said the wrong thing and I’m going to pay the consequences - deal with the consequences - like a man.”
Noah also said Monday that he would learn from his mistakes and his frustration did not excuse his remark.
NBA commissioner David Stern said last month that “such a distasteful term should never be tolerated” and added “insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society.”
On Monday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement on its Web site and said its officials had been in touch with the NBA and the league was “taking this situation extremely seriously.”
“Last month the NBA sent an important message about how such slurs fuel a climate of intolerance and are unacceptable,” Glaad president Jarrett Barrios said. “These anti-gay remarks, coming so soon after, demonstrate how much needs to be done.
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