Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Joakim Noah Unhappy With Fan Giving Him the Finger

Understandably, Joakim Noah admitted that he was none too pleased when a crazed Miami Heat fan stuck her middle finger in his face as the Chicago Bulls’ center was ejected in Game 2. Noah shook it off as simply an unfortunate part of the job. Per ESPN: “Noah was reluctant to get too in depth about the incident after practice Thursday, but shot upright when asked if he typically has fun with fan interaction. ‘Do you have fun when somebody sticks their middle finger in your face?’ Noah said. Noah admitted that unruly fans, especially during road games, are part of the gig, and concurred that hostile treatment goes back as far as high school as it has for most players who have reached the professional level. ‘It’s all good,’ he said. ‘It’s all part of the process. It’s all part of the process.’ [...] Head coach Tom Thibodeau did address Noah’s ability to ignore the middle finger in his face. ‘You can’t get wrapped up in stuff that’s not important,’ Thibodeau said. ‘The important stuff is to concentrate on doing your job and to have the toughness, the physical and mental and emotional toughness, to get through all the things that you have to go through on the road. For the most part, Jo has done a good job with that, but as a team we let our emotion get to us. We can’t do that.’ Noah said obscene gestures wouldn’t ruin his day. ‘I love the game,’ he said. ‘I love basketball. I feel very blessed.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m sure they get enough verbal abuse from the fans every game which makes a finger seem insignificant

  • Solito

    Maybe they should test for coke, and not let fans in who are riding the white pony… but that would leave only a few children left in the stands.

  • LLH12

    Mad props for staying professional JO… even as pro athletes we tend to forget that you are human and things can and will bother you also. Not to metnion your playing and emotional game at the most emotional time of the year!! You are blessed and I pray you stay that way… Good luck!!

  • JoeMaMa

    The fan in question was investigated in connection with the death of her (4th) husband, though despite her online psychic’s claim that she did it, she was cleared of the charge, thereby netting millions, as the husband was a noted hedge fund manager.
    So, uh…Noah got off easy there.

  • BugEyes

    I love thibs lol

  • Jermaine Propaine

    I love that all of this woman’s sordid business was posted all over TV and internet as a result of her ugly behavior. This negative exposure is exactly what she deserves for acting so hateful towards somebody for no reason. People are saying “what about what Taj did” well Taj is going to be pretty heavily fined. This pshycho woman is not subject to such punishment. Heck, she killed a dude and hasnt been subject to any punishment.

  • Andrew

    Joakim is slowly getting on the same intensity level as KG and I love it. We need more guys in the league that play for the name on the front. I used to hate Joakim but you can’t disregard the love he has for this game

  • fruizm

    “we”?…Who’s this?

  • Bruce Wayne

    Excellent points. If this happened more often, people out there wouldn’t be so quick to act a fool without thinking about the consequences

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    she def looked like she was a yayo sniffer

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    that snowbunny was outta line man.

  • Lloyd

    Joakim handled this exactly right. This is how players should react to that kind of crap. I know it’s difficult, but if a customer/client comes into my work place and starts verbally assaulting me, policy would dictate that I try and calm the person down or refer them to a supervisor. Engaging the person would definitely lead to consequences for me, no matter how bad the tirade against me was (for the most part). NBA players should all be held to the same standards.