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|Chicago Bulls player forgets Kobe lesson, uses anti-gay slur during playoff game|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Monday, 23 May 2011 10:16|
Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah apologized after last night's NBA playoff game for appearing to direct an anti-gay slur toward a fan during the game's first quarter.
The Miami Heat played host to the Bulls in the third game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Noah owned up to the choice of words, saying immediately after the game that he was sorry for using the slur: “A fan said something, and I said something back. I apologized. I don't know what's going to happen. I got caught up. I didn't mean any disrespect to anybody.”
If recent events provide any foresight, Noah can expect a hefty fine from the NBA. A suspension is unlikely, based on how the NBA treated a similar situation with Kobe Bryant at the end of the regular season.
Bryant, one of the sport's biggest stars, hurled an anti-gay slur toward an official on April 12 after disagreeing with a call. Bryant and Noah appeared to use the same slur. The NBA acted quite quickly on the Bryant situation and will probably do the same with Noah. We'll see what Commissioner David Stern has in store.
The NBA has taken homophobia and bullying seriously recently and has even created an ad campaign in conjunction with GLSEN and the Ad Council called "Think Before You Speak" that debuted earlier this year.
Here's a PSA that ran last night during the game (ironic?) featuring players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley.
Top photo: Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah (via nba.com)
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