Has anyone else had it with the derogatory slurs and comments that have been spilling out of the NBA lately? Earlier this month I wrote a post about LeBron’s “retarded” comment. A month before that, Kobe called a ref a “f*&^ing f@##*t” in response to an unfavorable call. Yesterday afternoon, Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 ($50,000 less than Kobe) for directing an anti-gay slur at a fan during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.
I’m going to set aside my disappointment in these three players, or general distaste (who likes LeBron since he left Cleveland, who likes Kobe except Lakers fans and I haven’t liked Noah since his Florida days), for just a second and say Noah handled this situation rather well.
First he apologized, and he didn’t wait to do it either, he was honest and sincere. Pardon my cynicism, but I think sincerity and honesty are a big deal in professional sports. Furthermore, after the fine, the player admitted that his punishment was fair. In a Forbes article about the incident, Noah is quoted saying, “I made a mistake, learned from it and move on.” People make mistakes and remember athletes are people too, just really famous ones with tons of money. Lets just commend Noah for taking responsibility and holding himself accountable.