Accused of gay slur, Joakim Noah acknowledges saying ‘something’ to fan
ASSOCIATED PRESS, STAFF REPORTS May 23, 2011 6:52AM
Updated: May 23, 2011 10:09AM
Bulls center Joakim Noah was allegedly seen shouting a gay slur towards a fan after his second foul in the Bulls’ 96-85 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night.
Noah is now acknowledging saying “something” toward a fan during the first quarter of the Bulls’ Eastern Conference finals game in Miami on Sunday night.
Television cameras showed Noah exchanging words with someone near the Bulls bench. Noah appeared to use an obscenity in those remarks.
“I got caught up,” Noah said. “I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody.”
Noah picked up his second foul with 6:26 left in the opening quarter. Cameras remained on Noah as he went to the bench. The incident occurred after Noah sat down.
The NBA declined immediate comment. The Bulls lost to Miami 96-85, falling behind 2-1 in the series.