Joakim Noah either didn’t learn from Kobe Bryant’s gay slur or he was so heated up he didn’t use discretion with his words during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After getting whistled for his second foul early in the first quarter, Noah headed to the Bulls bench and appeared to yell a few cuss words to a fan. Here’s the video courtesy of Ben Golliver:
Kobe Bryant was fined by the NBA and flogged by the media and many fans for what he said. Former NBA player John Amaechi compared the slur to the use of the n-word. We’ve been here before and established that the use of the word “f****t” is unacceptable, even if it is said in the heat of the moment on the court. If the media makes a big enough deal of this, expect Noah to get fined like Kobe. It would be hard for him not to — this series has been one of the most-watched programs on cable TV.
UPDATE: Joakim Noah apologized after the game saying “I got caught up — a fan said something and I said something back, I apologize. I got caught up, I don’t mean disrespect to anybody, I just got caught up.”Google+
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