Joakim Noah of Chicago shouted an anti-gay insult at a fan sitting at the back of the bench of Bulls Sunday night in an even. He asked an apology after the game.
Noah said, “I got caught up. I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”
Noah rose up his second foul with 6:26 left in the starting of the quarter. Cameras stayed on the frustrated player as he went to the bench. The incident happened after Noah sat down.
Noah said, “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I responded. I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. … I apologize.”
Noah encountered a possible fine from a league that has got a strong stance between homophobic remarks.
Kobe Bryant was recently hit with a $100,000 fine for using the similar anti-gay insult Noah was heard to say Sunday night against referee Bennie Adams in the previous month. Bryant gave some apologies after the incident was greatly condemned by gay rights groups.
Also last month, Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell purportedly created homophobic remarks, basic signs and threatened a fan with a bat prior to a game in San Francisco. McDowell served a two-week suspension and as well as an apology for his comments.
The league broadcast commercials featuring players requiring followers not to use colloquial speech for gays as insults.
President of Phoenix Suns and CEO Rick Welts exposed to the public previous week that he is gay, turning into one of the highest-ranking executives in the sports worlds to do so. He desires to go down one of the previous important social barriers in sports.
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