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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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91.

PRO US    

Now, NBA players know it's cheaper to call fans in the seats such names than to call referees the same names.

Is $50,000 or $100,000 going to deter these guys from saying what they think during basketball games?

Free speech isn't always free. Should it be? Some think yes. Some think no.

1163 days ago
92.

eddi    

C'mon, Man! This is a passionately charged atmosphere where comparatively much worse comments are liable to be spewed. Are we so gay-sensitive that other choice expressions, i.e., yo' mama, f&%# you, or the like are excused while we look for the flavor of the moment?

1163 days ago
93.

Jodi    

This will never change. He was not the first and won't be the last. The cycle for the "F" word should be about over and once again it's time for the "N" word to take the stoplight. LOL. We humans are so predictable.

1163 days ago
94.

Cliff    

He should turn around and sue TMZ for $50,000. If they didn't turn a 2 second nothing into a big story, no one would give a crap about this. Way to make something out of nothing.

1163 days ago
95.

ubernoob    

damn gay people.. so what you are gay i should fine you if you call me.. .........

1163 days ago
96.

Lisset Bohner    

The Daily Rash wrote a hilarious article about the absurdity of people being "hurt" by Kobe Bryant's words... http://www.thedailyrash.com/?p=6646 I guess the word police are still out on the basketball courts!

1162 days ago
97.

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

Me thinks Chad doth protest too much...............

1162 days ago
98.

Babs    

Mangal:Google it.

1162 days ago
99.

PaulWS    

These fines are ridiculous. Talk about bowing down to pressure, Stern should be embarrassed.

1162 days ago
100.

KEEGAN    

Freedom of speech? Where did our rights go!!! OHHH YEAA... RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW.

1162 days ago
101.

chris    

O please, get over yourself.

If you actually wanted true equality you wouldn't be pissed at stuff like this.

***got is a derogatory term that is a harsher version of *****. Plenty of my friends use it when talking about overly emotional divas.

The scene in Boondock Saints properly illustrates the true meaning of the word.

get off your ****ing agenda and stop being a ****ing ****head. If you actually wanted equality this wouldn't be offensive.

Lets all pretend to forget how no one gets fine for using ******.

YOUR A JOKE YOU ***GOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1162 days ago
102.

al fox    

I think $5.00 would b sufficient,etc.

1162 days ago
103.

lorenzo    

this is the classic case of too many people in this country getting too many rights. GLAAD is a ****ing joke and should be abolished from society. These are MEN playing a sport and big deal if a word gets thrown around. If the word ***got offends you, dont be a ***got.

1162 days ago
104.

frenchy boy    

Always the same stories... an ******* guy with big money from his father... Guilty !!!

1162 days ago
105.

Christopher R    

Another sports figure PIG! And another who thinks 'the N word' is just horrible; but it's OK for him/them to say whatever 'they' want. On top of it all, the man can't even speak correctly.

1162 days ago
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