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NBA Fines Joakim Noah

$50k for Gay Slur

5/23/2011 2:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $50,000 for targeting a fan with a homophobic slur during last night's playoff game against the Miami Heat.

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The fine is exactly HALF the amount the league fined Kobe Bryant when he hurled the same word at a referee during a game earlier in the season.

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31.

CCC    

I wonder if the fine was half of what Kobe paid because he said F.A.G. instead of F.A.G.G.O.T., or because he is half the player Kobe is?

1198 days ago
32.

steve    

free speech sure costs a lot in the NBA.

1198 days ago
33.

Juke    

For the record, THIS is why so many people really are starting to hate gays these days.

1198 days ago
34.

BB in CA    

Silly Skeep. Look up the word straight, then look up the other word.

1198 days ago
35.

HarveysCup    

Maybe somebody should start fining rappers & other musicians for using the N Word while we're at it. It's only fair right?

1198 days ago
36.

annie    

Agreed. Keep fining them, they'll stop it. Sadly, punky teens and sports players know they have so few taunt names to use against each other, and they're like, " WHAT? We can't use the Gay guys as a tool to mock each other because we're so stupid that we can't let our play speak for itself? "

1198 days ago
37.

offendedwoman    

mad!

1198 days ago
38.

amanda    

being gay is against God's law and i hope it never is condoned

1198 days ago
39.

Rogue Warrior    

Yo Seeker, hold down the fort like only you, Nicole, JS, TJ, and RC can do! A few more players and these fines should be down to ZERO where they belong. When I use the phrase, "the heat of the moment", it applies to sports and sports only. This shouldn't be GLADD's "heat of the moment" because they're taking Chicago down like, well, you know who.......

I want to give a shout out to Milo and Lilo!!!!!!


And Natalie Portman is one of the hottest women in the world!!! WORD!!!

1198 days ago
40.

Gza    

who cares its Miami everyones gay there duh

1198 days ago
41.

Charles    

Gays want to belong to the victim crowd. It's not a slur. Give me a break.

1198 days ago
42.

John    

What a bunch of cry baby ***s

1198 days ago
43.

chitown    

This is exactly $50,000 more than Lebron got fined for using the word "retarded" less than two weeks ago against a reporter.

1198 days ago
44.

George     

Stop pigeon-holing people for using the word in that context. I understand the need to watch what comes out your mouth but anyone who has been subjected to the word used in this instance knows that he is not referencing anyone's sexual orientation. With that being said, you must also realize these guys are in the middle of something very intense and blurting out something you might otherwise not say will happen in the heat of the moment, it happens.

1198 days ago
45.

BB in CA    

Amaaaaaaanda that's pathetic.

1198 days ago
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