Bulls' Noah: His Turn to Pay Up?

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    May 23, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    http://www.towleroad.com/2011/05/joakim-noah.html



    http://www.towleroad.com/2011/05/noahapology.html

    Joakim"I got caught up. A fan said something and I said something back. I apologize. I don't know what's going to happen, but, you know, I got caught up. I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up."

    Joakim"I apologize. The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said something that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up."


    So, how much should Noah's fine be? Most are guessing $100,000 since that's what Kobe had to pony up. But in this case, Noah's setbacks include barking at a fan (whether provoked or not doesn't matter, provoking is what fans try to do... pro athletes should not be getting "caught up"). And after Kobe-gate and the recent NBA-sponsored ads, he can't use "being ignorant" as an excuse.

    I don't think they'll suspend him for a playoff game. Although the way he played in Game 3, the Bulls wouldn't miss him terribly much.
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    May 23, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
    As much as I love the Bulls and Noah, they really need to give him the same punishment as Kobe. Stick to their guns, keep it classy, and fair punishment all around.

    I find it strange he would say that because of how much the gay community has been in the NBA news the last week or so... poor choice of words for a usually good guy.
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    May 23, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    So, $50k it is.

    http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1NDMizx1G

    "NBA spokesperson Tim Frank said that the two situations were different. 'Kobe's fine included discipline for verbal abuse of a game offical,' he said."