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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. "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."

    'Cause, you know, EVERYBODY says it ALL the time. What? I'm just sayin'...

    At this point, the only way I'm going to an NBA game is on a three-way date with Gareth Thomas and John Amaechi.

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | May 23, 2011 3:06:39 AM

  2. i concur with an earlier commenter about the use of the fined monies. it would be fitting, proper, just & just plain delightful if all or part of the fines were donated to glbt organizations, many of which are in desperate need of funding thanks to republican policies and undeniable fiscal exigencies.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 23, 2011 4:08:01 AM

  3. what would the penalty be if a white player used a racial slur?

    why does this never occur?

    why do we keep repeating the homophobic slur?

    is one worse than the other?

    Posted by: r | May 23, 2011 4:39:11 AM

  4. SCAR2

    He must've grown up in America so that doesnt make him European at all, just his dad. I remember his dad being really full of it and the stud of tennis, so I'm not sure he brought up his child to be open minded.

    More like this kid went to boarding school and is entitled, that is unless his dad is not with the mother but still his dad NEVER dated any woman who wasn't some beautiful blonde model and I'm sure he left all sorts of money for his children....

    Posted by: Rowan | May 23, 2011 4:57:04 AM

  5. Interesting, just been googling him.

    His girlfriend and him are very hipstery. She looks like a model too!

    He's half swedish, so his mother was a Swedish blonde. When did he get to the USA?

    Maybe the US had a huge effect on his behavior-I bet the NBA did!

    Posted by: Rowan | May 23, 2011 5:00:54 AM

  6. He went to a bunch of private schools in New York.

    This is SO interesting. Both he and Kobe are grew up rich, entitled and multi-national!

    The first thing that is always fired by the commenters on here is how they are thugs or African Americans! Doh!

    Posted by: Rowan | May 23, 2011 5:03:41 AM

  7. @Bill Michael,
    It tells us everything we need to know about where society is now that in your comment (and in mine here) that you feel free to type out the word faggot in full but still feel that you must type "N" word instead of fully typing that word.

    I'll be happy when society demands that we use the term "F" word instead of being able to type or say faggot.

    Posted by: Tim NC | May 23, 2011 6:40:21 AM

  8. Well, you know the saying, the **** hits the fan. That's what is going to happen here. BTW, Noah already apologized (sort of). I expect a heavy fine here, because the NBA will be forced into it. I don't necessarily think these guys are homophobic per se, but they have been societally conditioned to not realize the harm and damaged caused by slurs like this. Society has to learn somehow and so far, so good.

    Posted by: Francis | May 23, 2011 6:55:56 AM

  9. And it is likewise interesting that the first comment is that a guy with "girl hair" shouldn't call someone the F-bomb.

    It's okay for Dan Choi to still be a GLBT hero and call a dude a woman and make comments about him bleeding monthly.

    It's okay to make fun of men by calling them women, but not okay to say the F-word.

    It's okay to get angry and use racial pejoratives, too, because why again? All blacks are the same?

    All women, blacks, Southerners, Christians, poor folk, etc...

    Kobe aint a Christian, I'm betting this half-Swede aint either. They're not racial stereotypes of Southern Baptist, Lawdy Jesus, fried-chicken eatin' brothah from Chatahoochie, GA. They also aren't some pistol packing urban roughneck.

    The scary thing about homophobia that people don't like to admit to is that it has no real, true image. People in Maine don't fit the stereotype that I keep reading on here. Donald "Mr Immoral" Trump doesn't, either. Minnesota?

    The fact that soooo many "liberal" people on here fall back into racism and misogyny when they feel hurt ought to explain why jerks like this act the way they do. Someone made fun of him, he threw a homophobic slur. He made fun of you, a few of you made crappy comments about women and blacks.

    Really, what's the difference?

    Posted by: Rin | May 23, 2011 7:39:00 AM

  10. I'm startled to read the comments that single out his appearance and ethnicity. The point is how he somehow felt that it was ok to use the slur. Yes, he should be fined, but so what? We have seen the pro forma apologies and all the rest many times before. It would be more constructive to require him to publicly enumerate his deeply held, honest views on us queers. That might be a real teachable moment.

    Posted by: TomChicago | May 23, 2011 7:42:08 AM

  11. @Geoff, I'm sure his mind is no more feeble than yours. Tone down the drama.

    Posted by: Bastian | May 23, 2011 8:31:59 AM

  12. I I agree with what many of you have said regarding Noah's personality on here - he has no manners or class. It's such a shame too because he actually IS a pretty talented basketball player. On the flip side, he happened (like Kobe) to be caught on camera saying this offensive phrase. I've been to many Celtics games and you can hear offensive slurs/swearing being shouted by the players to each other all the time. Yet the only time anything is done about it is when you are caught on camera saying those things. Kind of silly don't you think?

    @BRIA - I don't know you, glad I don't, know several assholes like you though and you're a disgrace.

    Posted by: RT | May 23, 2011 9:35:06 AM

  13. Bria-you are in the same boat as this ball player.

    Rin-thanks for putting it all together so succinctly.

    Posted by: kodiak | May 23, 2011 9:41:31 AM

  14. @RIN,

    And how common is it for 'liberal' and 'open-minded' so-called 'progressives' who post on here, to rage about poor [white trash, hicks, rednecks,etc.,] whites at the drop of a hat? VERY common. I was born and grew up in NYC and Boston. In both places, because of the many universities, private schools, yuppies, transient population of often well to do people,etc., there's a lot of class consciousness. If you speak with a local accent [in NY or Boston], you're flagged as being 'uneducated', working-class [i.e. 'low-class'], etc., 'Progressives' do this just as much as anyone else. I've had to learn to pronounce the letter 'R' as 'er', as opposed to 'ah' [non-rhotic; most Americans speak with a rhotic/hard R accent] , in an attempt to sound more 'educated', 'middle-class', because that's the way most Americans pronounce it. So-called Standard American Accent is based on small town Midwest, and a big city Eastern accent sounds too alien to most Americans. It's pathetic.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 23, 2011 12:44:22 PM

  15. @ratbastard

    I hear ya. I just don't think you can fight hate with hate, react to slurs with slurs, etc. And you're right, it is classism.

    America is filled with self-segregationists and people who like to drink haterade.

    What he said was wrong. Saying, that dude was wayyyy wrong should have been the end of it. Implying he's some kind of a girl because of his hair is just...meh.

    Posted by: Rin | May 23, 2011 5:24:24 PM

  16. How can anyone even watch any professional sports? All the athletes are homophobic idiots so who cares who wins?

    Posted by: hephaestion | May 23, 2011 8:42:47 PM

  17. anyone know an email address for Noah? I'd like to write him and tell him how disappointed I am. he seemed very cool when he played at UF.

    Posted by: dave | May 30, 2011 11:01:51 PM

  18. They always talk bad words.. As long as they're not shouting at someone, or else... something will happen.

    Posted by: Professional Athletes David | Aug 31, 2011 8:51:49 AM

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