Joakim Noah apologizes for foul language, behavior after ejection
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter February 4, 2014 12:30AM
Updated: February 4, 2014 12:47AM
SACRAMENTO – Joakim Noah wasn’t sure if he was going to hear from the league office Tuesday, but he figured he’d at least try and be proactive before a possible fine or suspension heads his way.
After picking up a second technical foul and being ejected in the third quarter of a 99-70 loss to Sacramento, Noah pointed at each of the three referees and dropped an “[expletive] you,’’ on each of them, before his teammates restrained him and he was led off the court.
“I’m really disappointed,’’ Noah said after the game. “I shouldn’t have acted that way. I apologize, I’m sorry to all three referees out there. They’re out there trying to do their jobs and I should never have said the things that I said. I hope they accept my apology and I hope I can move on from this.’’
Noah was asked what led up to his outburst, and again took responsibility.
“I think I was just frustrated with the game,’’ Noah said. “You gotta give Sacramento a lot of credit. They played really well, they deserve to win and we’ve got to step it up, but I think I was just frustrated with the way the game was going. I was frustrated with the call, but it doesn’t give me the right to do what I did. I deserve to get ejected, and it was just a bad decision on my part.’’
Asked if he thought he could be facing league discipline, Noah said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I just want to apologize, and that’s it.’’
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t think Noah’s behavior warranted anything drastic.
“For what?’’ Thibodeau responded, when asked if he was concerned Noah could be suspended. “No.’’