SON OF A BENCH

UPDATE: Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Apologizes For “F*ck You Faggot.” And…?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26QqAOrXHes&feature=player_embedded

UPDATE 5/22 10:18 PM: Joakim Noah has told reporters, “I apologize. The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I responded. I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. I was frustrated and I didn’t mean any disrespect to anybody.” Two wrongs don’t make a right, Mr. Noah. Now just pay up the $100,000 and go make a PSA, why don’t ya.

Chicago Bull’s forward Joakim Noah pulled a Kobe Bryant-lite and told someone “Fuck you, faggot” during Sunday’s televised Eastern Conference Finals against Miami Heat. The only difference between he and Kobe’s slur? Noah’s directed his to someone behind the bench instead of a referee. Sports Illustrated blogger Zach Lowe has told Noah to prepare for a $100,000 NBA fine. But we’re hoping that the oncoming bad publicity will also encourage Noah to create a PSA against such speech (just like Bryant, his teammates, and the Phoenix Suns did) and that the occurrence might even encourage the NBA to start a campaign to end homophobia in basketball. Especially with so many sports figures coming out these days, the time for such organizations is overdue.

Via Towleroad