Bulls' Noah: $50K Fine for Slur Is 'Fair'

Chicago Bulls center was caught saying 'f*** off, f*****' to a fan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2011 1:23 PM CDT
Chicago Bulls' Center Joakim Noah: $50,000 Fine for Gay Slur Is 'Fair'
This photo take May 22, 2011 shows Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Miami, Sunday, May 22, 2011.   (Wilfredo Lee)

(Newser) – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah said the NBA's decision to fine him $50,000 for directing a gay slur toward a fan is "fair." As the Bulls prepare for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, Noah again—albeit briefly—acknowledged that he messed up: "I made a mistake, learned from it and move on," Noah said. "That's about it." The NBA announced the fine yesterday, one day after television cameras caught Noah saying "f*** off, f*****" after returning to the Chicago bench midway through the opening quarter of Game 3 in Miami.

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The $50K fine is only half of the $100,000 Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was slapped with for using the same slur, directed toward a referee, in April. (Read more Chicago Bulls stories.)

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