May 23, 2011 by staff
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (notes) has been found in hot water, and it was the Heat that put him in place, but his own undisciplined mouth was caught on video doing a gay insult to one of the fans he found in Chicago’s 96-85 loss to Miami that is almost certain to make a fine, and I could see him suspended. After being called for his second foul in another violation of the back with 6:26 left in the first quarter of Game 3 of NBA Finals 2011 Eastern Conference Sunday, May 22 Noah took a seat Bulls bench and almost immediately let his frustration with the call to flow in an interaction with a fan.
Whatever the fan might have said, and I’m sure it probably was not pleasant (there are knuckleheads, even among fans of heat I’ll admit), is no excuse for the reaction of Noah. In a game that appears an announcement of the NBA public service called “Think before you speak” defending tolerance and respect for gays, Noah finds himself caught in the same kind of controversy Kobe Bryant (notes) was in a Just over a month after Los Angeles Lakers game against the Spurs in San Antonio in which Bryant with his mouth the same insult the referee Bennie Adams after he was called for a technical foul. David Stern and the NBA quickly took disciplinary action in this incident and condemning shrill cries watching Bryant and fined him 100,000.
“Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable,” said Stern. “Although I am fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, a term that bad taste will not be tolerated. Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive and derogatory remarks are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society. ” While Noah has apologized for his remarks when confronted with them by reporters after the game, also said, “I was caught. I do not mean no disrespect to anyone.” (Associated Press)
First, I doubt that Stern is going to care a bit if Joakim just got “caught” anything. As made clear in his statement, with the excuse that they were emotional not going to have more water with the commissioner. Second, the demand for Noah did not intend to disrespect anyone is so naive that I am surprised that the reporter had not called it on the spot. When someone uses as an insult or derogatory comments directed at another person, and only clear intention is to disrespect them. Is a reaction to the lack of respect that they feel at all that they were told.
Once again, Noah may have been caused by the heat vent (which never really know what was said to him), or member of the Miami faithful may have simply said something along the lines of “Hey, where is all your screaming and yelling now, Noah? “Regardless of what you said, with the clear intent of Noah was a lack of respect which he spoke of, and say otherwise is just silly. For that reason alone I would have to say Noah’s apology seems a bit false. However, I am hoping beyond hope, David Stern, not going beyond what is fine as did Bryant. I’m sure there’s a good chance of fine beyond Kobe to send an even stronger for the rest of the players in the NBA in the comments as they really will not be tolerated.
However, if the suspension were Noah Stern, even for a game (actually it would be unjustified), which would give the Bulls fans every excuse they needed to pretend not legitimately beat the heat in this Final Eastern Conference showdown. With Miami up to now 2-1 in the best of seven series, I want the fans to know that Chicago was the heat that hit their unworthy MVP Derrick Rose (white) and not its much vaunted Bulls, the NBA league office . Therefore, I urge you, Mr. Stern, if you’re reading this, just give the guy a ticket, but make it a great one.
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