Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  53 responses

Joakim Noah Apologizes for Gay Slur Against Heat Fan

Joakim Noah lost more than just Game 3 against the Miami Heat last night; his wallet might also lose a few bucks after the NBA reviews what appeared to be a gay slur against a heckling fan. For what it’s worth, Noah apologized. From ESPN: “Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized for allegedly using a gay slur toward a fan during Chicago’s 96-85 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Noah was angry after picking up his second foul with 6:26 left in the first quarter. After sitting down on the bench he turned to his right and shouted toward a fan. ‘I apologize,’ Noah said. ‘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. NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined to comment on the incident.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    This story is almost as gay as the Kobe one.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah I saw that coming. He said the same thing Kobe said.

  • Jred Schott

    That is rediculous!!! You put a High Definition Camera in a person’s face during a heated basketball game after a questionable call and expect him to be humming amazing grace!?
    Anywhere in the world where men a playing ball that phrase will be said. What’s worse nobody even heard him say it. They literally had to read his lips. He could have said “Fun..HAVE IT”.

  • butch

    What makes us think that if we disrespect a player or another human being, that they’re just going to just stay quiet. we as fans also need to hold off on comments that inflame players. they’re just like us, and we dont have the right to insult anyone.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    This is going to be a long process, due to the popularity with using the derogatory word. More players will get caught saying these words. Also, where will the commissioner draw the line? In many people’s minds b!tch, N!gga and pu55y are just as offensive as the words Kobe and Noah said.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    That’s gay…


    First of all, when Joakim made that comment, did he have a homosexual in mind? See, that is the underlying problem with this. Same with Kobe. If you are calling someone from a particular racial group a slur, it is obvious you have that “person” or “group” in mind.

    If I am making a slur to a Jewish person, or a slur to a Black person or a slur to a White person or even a Female, it is *clear* that that slur is a pin-point “attack” on that person or group.

    However, if I am using what is considered a Homosexual slur, but yet I am not talking to a Homosexual, neither have a Homosexual in mind when I say it, how is it then that it is an “attack” on Homosexuals? Only a Homosexual who “assigns” that term to themselves personally as a “slur,” can take personal offense at that.

    No Homosexual should hear that term and think it is an “attack” on them, unless the person that is the recipient of the term is truly an open-Homosexual. But, if the sexual orientation of Homosexuality does not apply to the person being called that term, then how can it possibly be a slur against Homosexuals?

    Only a Homosexual who believes that term to be “true” of themselves or their community can feel slandered when that term is used. That term means: everything from culinary condiments, cigarettes, hard labor, to actually being the “root” word for fascism.

    True, folks use this word to apply to Homosexuals also. But, unless one embraces that term for themselves as meaning Homosexual it is not and should have no power.

    People (all people) give “words” power. That is why Black people are very wise and savvy in how they deal with the racial term that folks use in “attack” of African-Americans or those of African-descent.

    As a group, they have single-handedly broken the “power” of that term by (in many instances) taking command over that word and thus “controling” that word.

    Very wise.

    But, again, a “word” can only have “meaning” and possess “power” if you allow it to have that “meaning” and that kind of “power.”

    To me, that term for which both Kobe and Joakim used is probably one of the silliest, childish, infantile, terms going.

    I think it should not be used because it is childish at best, foolish at worst.

    And, yes, if folks (Homosexual or Heterosexual) take “offense” at it, then you should not want to offend another. That is just a real fact!

    But, at the end of the day, we also have to be real with the fact, that a “word” (really any “word”)can only “offend” if one embraces it as offensive.

    But, again, one has to “embrace” a word as offensive in order for that word to carry pejorative weight.

  • Jack

    F%#GOT… BiG DEAL…. These players make their living in the highest compitition. Gays and HR need to stop being sensitive about this. If you cant take a comment, stay out of the league. They are grown men. U good Kobe and Joakim

  • Benn0

    L. Pat williasm – get a life ! I’ve never read so much garbage in my entire life.
    Here’s a sentence with power – your a gay poetry puff, living at your moms, hoping one day your novel will be published, just like brian from family guy !!!

  • Benn0

    i know – OUCH!

  • Victoria

    Unreal..so what if he said..F you Fa&&ot..and?? Making a big deal b/c he is a ball player..the fan should’ve kept his big mouth closed..didn’t see him (the fan) getting reprimanded nor kicked out..its sports people..deal w/it or don’t watch it..GO HEAT!

  • Royce

    L Pat Williams is gay.

  • Dave

    couldn’t agree with L. Pat Williams any more. Hit the nail on the head. It’s just a dumb word that people use. There is a really funny Louis CK joke about this, but I won’t go there. Its like the word “retarded.” You don’t call a retarded person retarded, it would be extremely offensive. But how often to people use the word retarded towards their friends? Also, fans, grow up already, I mean sure you can yell and scream but there is definitely a line that can be crossed. It is a double-standard, I know Noah is getting paid to tolerate to the verbal abuse, but he is human afterall

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^^ Too long to read lol

  • Boom

    We all know how this ends. The heckling fan will have “emotional distress” from the comment and will have to sue Noah.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “i don’t mean no disrespect” double negative ftw

  • c young

    why is OK for them to take the LORDS name in vain and not get fined

  • Thegodsbwitus

    NBA players are held to a higher standard because they are put in a public eye and slurs should not go unpunished. kids look up to these guys and feel they do everything right. I’m a regular guy and can say what I think Noah’s hair looks gay. And Yes they should just be quiet when fans talk crap. its part of there job to be cool under pressure.

  • vtrobot

    Wow, the kids are really preaching on SLAM this AM. So, it’s fine for me to be dropping N-bombs all around, as long as I don’t direct one at someone who’s black? Cool. I didn’t know that it was that easy. I’ll let you know how that goes for me. Stay in school, please. The school of Life.

  • angus

    b-ball is a mans game, quite letting your feelings get hurt if someone calls you a name. This is just ridiculous no one uses gay slurs to try and offend gay people, get over it.

  • sergio

    yea you guys are prob all from chicago or heat haters like everyone else.. if that wouldve been lebron who made those comments the world would be asking for his head on a plate… its simple.. the nba is playing all these retarted commercials about calling people gay and then you have a player use it toward a fan.. he needs to be used as an example.. the guy gets millions of dollars to play ball not to be confrontational with fans.. if he wants to act like a thug and cant take the heat then go play street ball where you can be a bad ass… GO HEAT!

  • Fat Lever

    He should have to donate locks of his hair instead of money as a fine.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uk3FWToczA EJ

    When you call somebody names you pretty much try to make them feel lesser. So it’s like when you call somebody gay to mock them, that would mean like gay people are lesser than straight people. So calling people gay is offensive to gay people, no matter who you direct it at or how red your neck is.
    I gotta admit that I call people f@gs all the time tho, but at least I’m not somebody who kids look up to, and Joakim and Kobe did it at work.

  • http://aol jane

    I have always been told: if you take offense to a comment, then it is obvious it applies to you!!! Take a moment and think about this, there are almost 7 billion people in this world, why would you take offense to ONE PERSON’S OPINION OR COMMENT???? What happened to our Constitutional RIGHT….freedom of speech?? I think Noah should fight it, he was provoked and should have knocked him out!!!!

  • johnsnare

    Boring,boring, boring.

  • johnsnare

    Is it not time to stop scrutinizing everything these guys say and do? If you played sports, you have to know everyone is caught up in the competition. Geez, isn’t anything sacred anymore?

  • Terry

    It’s against league policy for a player to fling nasty remarks to the audience. The players must play by the rules, or expect the consequences. Noah knew he was wrong, and he apologized. He also said he expects to be fined. He knew he broke the league rule, so why is anyone here disputing the rule and advocating that Noah go fight that fan? Sportsmanship, people.

  • maury

    Instead of a big fine, the NBA should make him shave,get a haircut, and quit looking like a derelict.

  • irondan21

    It’s dumb that you now have to apologize when you exercise your right to freedom of speech. People like Pat, if you that weak and get offended that easily…Kill yourself because you are doing the world no good. Life’s offensive sometimes, get used to it. Focus on a real problem like world hunger, racism, human sex trafficking etc.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    How about the camera focus on whats going on on the court and take the camera off these guys when they’re visibly upset. Kobe and Noah arent the first players to scream at a fan or a ref, but now we have a camera person dedicated to following star players off the court while they fume on the bench and its ridiculous. And I’m tired of people saying “Oh they get paid millions, they’re in the public eye they should keep cool.” So because they’re athletes they’re not supposed to have feelings? These fans cross the line all the time and for the most part, athletes find a way to control themselves, but sometimes it gets to you. Anyway, they should let what happens on the court stay on the court.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The level of thinking here is a tad disturbing.

  • Jenn

    Leave the guy alone. He was having a rough night. He’s a good guy. We all make mistakes. Most of us don’t have cameras pointed at us during high stress moments.

  • hillbilly

    Didn’t Joakim see the NBA’s new, anti-gay slur ad campaign in which an aspiring young baller is verbally chastised by several pros for referring to another kid’s game as “gay”?
    (Apparently, it’s no longer the dope, chill thing to do, yo.)


    this is mad gay!!!

  • jose

    Co-sign Allenp.
    This thread went downhill real quick . . .

  • bike

    I wish Noah would get rid of that ponytail. It makes him look like a nancey boy.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    He was wrong. Kobe was fined. Fine him. Let’s move on.

  • Chuck

    I agree that what Joakim Noah said was harsh, especially if he doesn’t know the fan personally. However, I get tired of all the whining from gay groups about them being victims of anti-gay slurs.

    I just wonder how many gay people have stopped to think before they referred to Christians as “religious nuts”…or to country folk as “dumb rednecks”…or to political conservatives as “little Hitlers” ?

    Seems to me that they mostly get offended when it’s about them, but they have no problem insulting people who have different views.

  • http://slamonline slam king

    Actually according to the Dictionary’s definition. The word fa%%ot just means a bundle of sticks or a hunk of meat. For real. So, Noah could have just been calling the guy a thin hunk. Ooops. I think that makes it worse.

  • http://slamonline slam king

    Hey bike. You shouldn’t be using the word “Nancey boy”. I know someone named Nancey. Nancey is a good friend of mine. And frankly, Joaquim is no Nancey.” I stand here deeply offended. OFFENDED I SAY!!!

  • Nat

    No more talking on the court, just pat asses and there, it its done! Go into the stands also if you want and address your heckler by patting his ass.

  • Tim

    I love Joakim Noah.

  • Ravenn Klaw

    We all make mistakes and we all pay for those mistakes.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t understand what makes a fan insult a player directly to his face. Heckle him, sure, but why throw insults? You don’t know the player personally.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Chuck: First, there are a lot of gay people who practice Christianity, so I highly doubt that whenever anyone uses the words “religious nut,” they mean ALL Christians. Second, are you seriously comparing political conservatives to homosexuals? Because political conservatives are REALLY oppressed in America, aren’t they? lol..
    And nobody cares if you’re tired about the “whining,” I’m sure you’d rather take the “whining” than the actual insults, but that’s just me… And when the so-called “differing views” you speak of are really a euphemism for homophobes, why should gays accept those views? Ridiculous.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Benn0 obviously can’t read, and obviously didn’t comprehend L PAT WILLIAMS’ speech. You sir, are an idiot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Obviously irondan can’t read either.
    Man these comments are f*cking stupid, it’s like the collective IQ of irondan and Benn0 doesn’t reach triple digits… Combined. Either that or their combined age is 20.
    Thankfully, vtrobot is one of the few with some sense here. And co-sign Rigo: Noah was angry (rightfully so) at the fan, made a mistake in using the slur, and he’ll be fined for it. There’s no need to be outraged, but oddly enough it seems the only ones that ARE outraged here are the idiots/homophobes defending him. Weird.

  • Sam

    I am glad they were fined for their comments. This will teach other athelets how they should behave ON and OFF the court, field, etc.

    It could be challenging but fans who shout out nasty/gay comments etc,should be ejected from the arena, etc.

    No athlete, official or fan should have to tolerate poor behavior.

  • Sam

    I bet this year or the next, a active athlete will announce to the public as being gay. Then what!!!

  • Calling You Something

    Sure, using the F@GG0^ name is clearly acceptable. Would you like it if one of your relatives was gay or lesbian? How about if we called your grandmother, mom or sister a Ho? How about a Jew a K**E? A black a N***er? An oriental a G**K? The list goes on.

    The point is, NONE of them are acceptable. If you want to make a comment, curse. There are plenty of things your sorry @$$e$ can blurt out and not offend anyone.

    The over-priced athletes are role models to many. It is NOT acceptable for them to role model hate names to anyone, any group, any class of person.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I’m sorry.
    I might be out of line for this one, please forgive me, but I can’t help myself…
    Any word on whether Noah was yelling at Sammy Sosa?

  • http://bwonderlove.blogspot.com/ S. Newsome Jr.

    I think people are forgetting about the big picture. Because he is on television, he is still a role model to many kids in the country. That word is NOT okay because other kids will think since he said it & Kobe than its okay. Let’s get real people! Us gay folks watch basketball too!!!!!!

  • Hannah

    @dave….fyi, can’t think of any “joke” against the retarded that is funny. What exactly is funny about mocking the most vulnerable among us.