May 22 2011
After receiving his second foul early in the 1st quarter, TNT camera’s caught an irate Joakim Noah on the bench mouthing back to a fan “F*** you F*****!”
Now if we remember anything about the NBA and it’s networks, they love catching players off guard saying some real nasty things from the bench. Just last month, Los Angeles Laker guard Kobe Bryant was caught by ESPN camera’s saying the same exact expletive phrase to a ref after being called for a foul.
The NBA and commissioner David Stern didn’t take this too kindly after it was displayed numerous times on ESPN and they were bombarded with a very public complaint from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Defamation). The NBA later responded by fining Kobe $100,000!!
Noah is sure to hear from Mr. David Stern and the NBA shortly, and will almost certainly receive a very similar fine. Just goes to show that in this age of social media and numerous television cameras and replay… “big brother is always watching.”
Shout-out to Mikey Mac of the Y.O. on the article.