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Anti-Gay Slur Costs Bulls’ Noah $50,000

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Posted on May 23, 2011

The NBA fined Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah $50,000 for calling a fan “faggot” during Sunday’s Eastern Conference Finals game against the Miami Heat. Noah apologized immediately after the game. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers was fined twice as much in April for directing the same word at a referee.

Bryant, however, makes more than three times his fine in one regular season game and was borderline offensive in his initial apology, warning gays and anyone else who might be put out not to misunderstand him.

Noah will make just over $3 million this season.  —PZS

The New York Times:

Noah made the comment when he returned to the bench after drawing his second foul in the first quarter. He said the fan taunted him, but did not specify what the fan said. The broadcast by TNT captured Noah’s response on camera.

“I don’t want to be a distraction for the team, and I apologize for what I said,” Noah said Monday. “What I said wasn’t right. I don’t want to disrespect anybody. That’s not what I’m about. I just got caught up in something a fan said and I went back at him, and I’m going to face the consequences as a man.”

It was the N.B.A.’s second high-profile incident of a player using the derogatory slur in two months. The N.B.A. fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 in April for using the same slur toward the referee Bennie Adams just days before the start of the playoffs. Bryant’s fine was twice as much as Noah’s because Bryant “verbally abused an official,” according to the league.

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By reynolds, May 25, 2011 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

‘invert’ is an archaic term for a person of same sex
noah is not just rude, he’s goofy looking. i never
trust a man enamored of his hair.

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By rico, suave, May 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment


What’s an “invert”?


No. Freedom of speech isn’t universal. You can’t call your boss an asshole and sue him for firing you for it. If the NBA has a code of conduct for its players and they violate it, they get fined. First Amendment doesn’t apply.

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By TDoff, May 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

Does anyone know where all the money from these ‘Anti-Gay slur’ fines goes? Does it end up buying rounds for a partying bunch of red-neck corporate executives, laughing their a**es-off as they call each other the ‘F’ word?

Or does it buy balloons and squirt guns for the next LGBT parade?

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By SarcastiCanuck, May 24, 2011 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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Maybe the NBA should post a list of acceptable and unacceptable insults to hurl at a fan.Maybe a fine price list too.Like,how much would it have cost Noah if he called the guy a motherfucker or an asshole.Ten assholes at say $2,000.00 a pop would be a lot cheaper then one $50,000.00 faggot.Might deter the boys to a more acceptable level of politically acceptable profanity….Also,doesn’t freedom of speech extend to the bball court as well…

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By reynolds, May 24, 2011 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

as an invert, i would be proud to ‘ruin’ this country
had the greedy and stupid not beat me to it. what ever
ruins john kace’s country suits me.

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By PatrickHenry, May 24, 2011 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

The political correctness exhibited by todays ‘hate crime’ police is truely fascist.

That is unless your muslim.

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By John Kace, May 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

I watched this game and recorded it. I dont think I would have noticed it if it wasnt for the fine and the attention it brought. My opinion is that gays and women in positions of power are ruining this country. Maybe its just coincidence?

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By rend it, May 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

ha ha noah the guy that rips kevin garnett at every turn for using his mouth. Chicago is
going down, cant stand the heat either but I dont want Obama to savor an NBA
championship as well and ownership of the oval office, thats just too much gravy.

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