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NBA Player Joakim Noah Shouts 'Faggot' During Basketball Game

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was caught on camera shouting "f**k you, faggot" to a fan seated behind him at a Miami Heat basketball game tonight. He used the slur while sitting on the bench after arguing a call with a referee.

CBS Sports reports on the episode and the comparisons from some members of the media to last month's incident with Kobe Bryant.

Noah then appeared to yell a string of profanities and finished with what appears to be the exact phrase that Bryant was fined for using. The only difference: Noah was not addressing one of the officials.

Immediately, NBA analysts and media members took to Twitter to predict that Noah would be fined by the NBA league office. "Because the NBA fined Kobe, you think they'll have to fine Noah," CNBC's Darren Rovell tweeted. "But it's really the luck of the draw whether you're caught on TV." "No question he said exactly what Kobe said,"'s Zach Lowe added. "Get that $100k ready, Joakim."

Watch the moment yourself, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. A man with hair like that has a lot of nerve throwing that word around. He looks like he should be playing for the WNBA. And yes, that's a personal attack on ignorant asshat. I hope they fine and censure him.

    Posted by: Brian | May 22, 2011 10:15:29 PM

  2. LOL brian

    I looked at his pic and thought pretty much the same thing

    His hair is so ladyish

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv | May 22, 2011 10:17:55 PM

  3. nothing professional about the nba as far as i can tell. players like this guy with the hair of a 12-year old girl gymnast and kobe bryant act like the most immature of thuggy junior high kids. what other profession wouldn't fire or at least suspend their employee for doing such a thing on the job?

    Posted by: Troy | May 22, 2011 10:21:10 PM

  4. What is it with that ghetto thug 'girl' look on some dudes? And then they top it off with overly well groomed facial hair and eyebrows, and many shave their body hair.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 22, 2011 10:36:39 PM

  5. Really, now someone just needs a little attention.

    Posted by: Shello | May 22, 2011 10:41:17 PM

  6. Hey -- do they give the fine money to some LGBT rights orgs, or to help victims of violence or something else worthwhile? Honey, I could get interested in basketball.

    Posted by: Russell | May 22, 2011 10:57:12 PM

  7. Joakim Noah looks like a stressed out single mom!

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 22, 2011 11:01:33 PM

  8. Really, guys? It's quite childish and immature to pick on a guy because of the way he keeps his hair (or the way he dresses, or the way he walks, or if he has a lisp, etc.). In fact, I'm sure it's the kind of thing that would irk that hell out of you guys were it done to you and it's exactly the type of thing that our community tends to rail against. You seem to think that it's "ironic" that someone that "has some lady-features" is calling someone else a f****t, but it's the same kind of judgement that leads to name calling in the first place.

    Clearly, the man publicly said something that is offense to many people (myself included) and it would be nice if the NBA reprimands him for that. His personal features, however? Of all people we should be above that by now. I'll step off my soapbox now.

    Posted by: Bastian | May 22, 2011 11:02:55 PM

  9. Ironically the NBA/GLSEN Grant Hill PSA telling people not to use "gay" as a pejorative ran several times during the game. I guess that is progress.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 22, 2011 11:13:49 PM

  10. I'm a gay man who is a college basketball fan. I watched Joakim (pronounced Joe-Kim, BTW) Noah at the U of Florida and he has not changed his ways. He was a class-less act then and he's still lacking in class now. I don't give a rat's mangy patootie for his hair ... he was a woofing, whining cry-baby in college and he's a woofing, whining cry-baby now. Escalate the fine .. Kobe was a warning-shot. Joakim's fine should be double.

    Posted by: JamesK144 | May 22, 2011 11:15:55 PM

  11. he shouldn't be fined,,,,,,he should be suspended. Kobe was the example ...after that the guys who do stuff like this should be suspended.

    Posted by: Myrna | May 22, 2011 11:17:56 PM

  12. The fine for this one should be bigger for two reasons. 1) Players now know they'll be punished for it, and if Kobe's fine wasn't incentive enough, there needs to be a larger one. 2) This player said it to a FAN, instead of the ref -- ie, the people who pay to see the game, and people who can't defend themselves on the court (a REF could issue a technical or toss someone from a game, whereas a player who made a fuss could be thrown out of the game at the whim of arena's security).

    Posted by: Ryan | May 22, 2011 11:20:45 PM

  13. Don't we, as a community, have bigger fish to fry?

    Posted by: throne | May 22, 2011 11:21:04 PM

  14. He's not a homophobe. He has lots of gay friends.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | May 22, 2011 11:27:34 PM

  15. The ironic part is a lot of homphobes probably consider Joakim to be a fag because of his girlish hairstyle.

    Posted by: Kurt | May 22, 2011 11:33:40 PM

  16. Disappointing. I was a fan of his father, Yannick Noah, who was a high-ranked tennis player in the 80's. His father's win at the French Open in '83 inspired another French player, Amelie Mauresmo, to become a 2-time Grand Slam winner in the women's side. Mauresmo was one of the few out lesbians in tennis & other sports. I thought Europeans were more open-minded about homosexuality? Guess not.

    Posted by: scar2 | May 22, 2011 11:37:58 PM

  17. the funny part is that the Ad Council's "Think Before You Speak" commercial was aired during the game :-/

    Posted by: neverstops | May 22, 2011 11:44:06 PM

  18. Yeah, it sucks. But guess how many NBA players have probably said this at one time or another?

    Posted by: Robert | May 23, 2011 12:00:53 AM

  19. "Any organization dominated by blacks tends to be homophobic. From the churches to music, it's all there."

    And your response to the lilly white the Republican Party, evangelicals, Mormons, or the Catholics?

    The Minnesota legislature just sent a marriage amendment to voters. Was that the work of black people, too? I only saw "homophobic" white faces voting for that.

    Creepy racist queen.

    Posted by: Dalton | May 23, 2011 12:48:27 AM

  20. How much should be the fines for all those on this thread who made demeaning comments and cast slurs about this guy's hair and features?

    Posted by: How much? | May 23, 2011 1:05:20 AM

  21. I'm a bulls fan and watched the game lol. I actually like Noah, but I can see that he gonna get a lot of heat for this.... No pun intended.

    Posted by: Alex | May 23, 2011 1:45:13 AM

  22. @Derek and Dalton: I've been sick of those jackass comments for years, and more than cringe every time I read them. But at this point I think it's best to simply ignore them, since doing otherwise would just be responding to the bait of incredibly ignorant jerks desperate for attention. I've said it many times, but racist LGBTs are a contradiction in terms---members of a minority who are so self-loathing that they have to find another minority to denigrate. In other words, so pathetic that they merit no response. And, fortunately, few and far between.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 23, 2011 1:57:11 AM

  23. How about this: Think about how some faggots call other faggots, "faggot"...??? Or how about how some black people will address other black people using the "N" word...??? Is there any possibility that he is "family" or perhaps just wishful thinking on my part. Aside from that, I don't think it is that big a deal.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | May 23, 2011 2:02:55 AM

  24. For all those upset about the comments on his hair and features:

    "Machismo" is his's what his feeble mind understands. Calling him out for resembling what he derides isn't so bad if you step off the PC band wagon.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 23, 2011 2:15:51 AM

  25. In addition to running PSAs during the game, perhaps they should be running them in the locker-room BEFORE the game. Also, I think the various pro sports need some WRITTEN POLICY on unacceptable epithets with the penalties clearly spelled out. Also, fines are not enough, I think adding 100 hours of community service, and a minimum suspension of three games is in order. Clearly, people are either failing to learn how to behave in an acceptable manner, or the punishment for failing to do so is insufficient. Pro sports need to get ahead of this NOW before it gets completely out of hand. These 'incidents' are now occurring almost weekly.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 23, 2011 2:57:02 AM

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