If Noah’s on court performance and the Bulls’ loss the other night weren’t embarrassing enough, Joakim definitely brought shame to his team, family, fans, city and the NBA when he directed an anti-gay slur at a fan. This incident comes just a month after Kobe Bryant shouted a similar slur at a referee. Both were caught on camera but the difference is Kobe was fined $100,000 and Noah $50,000. The message to players: if you are going to lose your cool and give up your dignity make sure it is directed toward a fan and not a referee. Does the NBA care more about it’s employees than fans? I wonder what Artest’s fate would have been had he gone after a referee instead of jumping into the stands to confront a fan?
On the surface it seems like a double standard but adding insult to injury a $100,000 fine for Kobe was only .4% of his salary and the $50,000 fine for Noah was a whopping 1.6%. It looks like Noah’s fine made a bigger financial impact (the difference between a salary of nearly $25 million and roughly $3.1 million). I commend Mr. Stern for taking decisive and swift action on these incidents. Behavior like this should not be tolerated in the NBA or anywhere.
Stern must be fuming that this latest incident comes shortly after the NBA’s debut of Think B4 You Speak PSA:
Noah losing it:
Oh yeah and in other but somewhat related news James Harden deserves a fine for his offensive “Fisher flop”: