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Joakim Noah Apologizes for Gay Slur

5/23/2011 4:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joakim Noah was quick to apologize for screaming a homophobic slur at a fan during last night's NBA playoff game.

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Speaking to reporters in the locker room, Noah said, "I apologize. The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up."

Noah said he expects to be fined for the comment (Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for a similar incident) but so far no word from the NBA.

Noah was caught on camera screaming at a fan by the bench and capped it off by yelling, "F**k you, f**got."



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washout22    

This is the U.S.A.and we can say anything we want. It is wrong to be a racist or biggot, but to critisize someone for immmoral actionss should not only be permitted, but encouraged. CMON people.....you dont have to keep going to brown town and expect us to think you are normal. Normal people will never accept these disgusting actions as acceptable behavior, so quit trying to change the acceptable norms of society. You all need to find girlfriends and quit grossing everyone out!

1189 days ago
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jam kim    

cool:Noah said he expects to be fined for the comment http://www.nikesbsale.com (Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for a similar incident) but so far no word from the NBA.

1189 days ago
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janalal4    

LOL! Never ceases to amaze when these guys use the same old FEABLE excuse for their inappropriate behavior; "I got caught up in the moment", "I did really mean THAT", "Well HE hollered at me first"!! Hilarious. Of course they mean exactly what they say when they say it & what's worse is they really think the public will buy what they're trying to sell?! When we react & scream something in anger, you can best believe that 99% of the time it is EXACTLY what we intended to say & EXACTLY how we feel about the person we're saying it to.

1189 days ago
19.

M    

what a bunch of sensitive ***s in here. "They should be held accountable" You're right, forget the 100,000 dollar fine. Lets put him in jail for a few months. Or maybe we can stone him, thats a good idea.

You guys seriously sound like a bunch of sensitive gay people in here. This guy will get fined 100k for something that any normal person can say without being in trouble whatsoever. So get off your moral high horse, he said it, and apologized so STFU.

1189 days ago
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dd    

Now can we move on and enjoy the game?

1189 days ago
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janalal4    

Mless than a minute ago

what a bunch of sensitive ***s in here. "They should be held accountable" You're right, forget the 100,000 dollar fine. Lets put him in jail for a few months. Or maybe we can stone him, thats a good idea.

You guys seriously sound like a bunch of sensitive gay people in here. This guy will get fined 100k for something that any normal person can say without being in trouble whatsoever. So get off your moral high horse, he said it, and apologized so STFU.
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Do you have children? You realize that these pro athletes should definitely be held to a higher standard, right? With great fame & $$$ comes greater responsibility.

1189 days ago
22.

hahaha    

Every time i see in the media making a fuss for someone making a comment towards gays I will smack the next gay person I see in public.

1189 days ago
23.

Pompano Ann    

It has happen in other professional sports where some one comes out of the closet; I cannot wait for the day when an NBA player comes out or the day a 6'6" gay man has the talents of Jordan and James combined and everyone in the league wants him knowing he is gay.

1189 days ago
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jahblood    

so flippin what!!!! its just a word.. god didnt make man to be more sensitive than a woman. what they are doing is wrong anyway. a man should be with a woman not another man. brimstone and fire for them ***gots.. how about that

1189 days ago
25.

Carl    

@Liviqim,

Considering the millions per year players like him are making I'd say they are well compensated for the verbal abuse they take from a few hecklers and need to learn to just suck it up. If it becomes too extreme or ridiculous then security should be called and they can remove him.

And to anyone that doesn't get what the big deal is about what he says, just imagine a white player screaming "f---ing n---er"

1189 days ago
26.

Muppet    

No no no TMZ put this clip up over and over again like you did Gibson, only then will I believe that TMZ fairly reports. Let this drag on forever like you did to Mel Gibson. Make him carry this mistake with him forever! He said it in public, Mel's was said behind closed doors but he didn't get a pass for it!
Oh wait, this is a man that's in sports so TMZ will give him a pass right? Time for you to put Kobe's rant up again isn't it? Oh wait, another guy in sports so he gets a pass too.
Fair reporting, I don't think so!

1189 days ago
27.

jahblood    

yes superchicken i think you said it best. call them all those names again pleeezzze!! lmao..

1189 days ago
28.

Kitty    

Grow some thicker skin people. It's only a word. Have you never heard of sticks and stones..... Bunch of wusses we got in today's age.

1189 days ago
29.

Tony    

Who Cares? We all have a right to our own beliefs and can say what we want. He did not physically attack someone. Liberal media is making too big of an issue with this. Freedom should not be eradicated.

1189 days ago
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Mike L    

Shouldn't have apologized for anything. He did nothing wrong. We talk ****, and its our 1st amendment right to do so. Don't like it, get the **** out of the country. You think some other country is gonna care if you get butt hurt? Of course not!! In fact they'll probably kill you for doing un-natural ****. 2 men slapping each other with their ****s is NOT normal!! Its freaking repulsive!! Jeez.

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