WAOK (Atlanta) — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after his team’s 96-85 Game Three loss to the Miami Heat for allegedly hurling a gay slur towards a fan during the game. Noah was substituted out after picking up his second foul midway through the first quarter.
Upon reaching the bench he turned and shouted at a nearby fan. Noah later apologized, saying he was “caught up in the moment” and “said some things that I shouldn’t have said.” He said he expects to be fined for the comment.
In April, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined $100-thousand dollars for shouting a gay slur at referee Bennie Adams during a game against the Spurs.
Noah scored just one point to go with five rebounds in the Game Three loss.
Miami has a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals series.