Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  16 responses

Joakim Noah Stops Gun Celebration Following School Shooting

Due to last week’s horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is smartly pulling the plug on his gun celebration. Per the Chicago Sun-Times: “Joakim Noah’s post-shot ‘guns of glory’ celebration had been on full display this season, with the Bulls center shooting off finger guns and blowing them off, before emphatically jamming them into imaginary holsters after hitting outside jumpers since the start of camp. But in the wake of the shootings that left 26 people dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week, Noah made the decision to find a new way to express his improved shooting ability from outside the paint. ‘I started doing it in practice [a few years ago], did the guns and kept doing it,’ Noah explained after the Tuesday 100-89 win over Boston. ‘It was a funny, comical thing, but we’re in a situation right now where it’s not funny. You can’t joke around with things like that. Too many people are dying because of guns. We have a problem here with guns, so I’m trying to be a little compassionate. It’s not a joking matter. We have a serious problem with it in Chicago. It’s crazy. I mean this summer, the movie theater, it’s happening all the time. This is unheard of. Every story is horrific. The gun thing in this country is no joke.’ It was displayed Monday in Memphis, and again against the Celtics on Tuesday, when Noah hit a 21-footer early in the second quarter, and simply clinched his fists, as he back-peddled down the court. [...] After the shootings, Noah took to his Twitter account to express his feelings on the horror the country witnessed. Here was his initial tweet: ‘This is so f*cked up … There needs to be some kind of gun control … For real.’”

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  • K DUB

    Way to go Noah! Chicago really DOES have problems with guns and inner city violence!! New gun laws need to be passed right away!!!!

  • Dave

    Guns are no Joakim matter.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Totally understand why, but I will miss that celebration. Thought it was hilarious. Quick question, what’s the difference between Noah’s celebration and Westbrook’s celebration? Just a thought.

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  • Seth

    Frogs don’t have right to bear arms.

  • Redd

    It’s not that we need gun laws it’s that we need stricter regulations. Guns will get into Chicago’s inner city no matter what. I lived in the inner city and trust even with Chicago’s strict laws friends would easily get guns(like the infinity years for assault rifles). The issue is and always will be the lack of strictness.

    He’s doing it for CT though.

  • Redd

    Slam should post the story about Scalabrine saying Rose is the greatest closer at the moment not Lebron.

    Did anyone see the Batman thing?

  • danpowers

    nope, you hve smth like a youtube link for us? too lazy to google lol

  • Redd
  • C Da Tyrant

    With all the gun violence going on in chicago you chose now to stop?

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  • Rob

    or just stop shooting from outside

  • Redd

    Hm indeed

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    tacky. but clever

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    battle toads!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez