When we brought you the story we weren’t sure who Joakim Noah was talking to when he directed a gay slur at them, but we do know now.
Apparently one of the Heat fans got a bit under Noah skin (at least they didn’t hit him with a towel like Barkley) and this is what caused his outburst.
Here is what Noah had to say.
“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.”
Taking Noah at his word, I think it is hypocritical that a fan can basically say whatever they want and Noah will end up being fined for saying something back.
Granted Noah is the professional he is suppose to know better and keep his cool in this particular situation, but he is also human and certain words or phrases will trigger an emotional response.
I don’t think Noah has anything against gay people, so hopefully this time GLAAD will stay out of it. Honestly it isn’t that big of a deal.
He let a fan get to him and he said something that he shouldn’t have said. He apologized and that should be that.
The thing that bothers me is if he called the fan a “F*ckin Moron” or “F*ckin B*tch”, no one would even care. That is the hypocrisy of the NBA and it is something that the players have to get use to.