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During the Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference finals, Bulls center Joakim Noah wasn’t having his best game at all. After a dispute under the glass Noah was benched so that he could cool a little bit, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Noah insulted a disturbing fan by using some gay slurs towards him. Vegas odds.

Nevertheless Noah apologized for allegedly using that gay slur toward a fan during Chicago’s 96-85 defeat. The Bulls center was mad after picking up his second foul early in the first period. After sitting down on the bench he turned to his right and shouted toward a fan.

“I apologize,” Noah said. “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. I was frustrated and I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”

Noah said he believes he will be punished for cursing and insulting a fan. NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined to mention anything on the unpleasant incident. Betting lines.

The league has been fining players for not behaving on the court. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA for directing a gay slur toward referee Bennie Adams during a game against the San Antonio Spurs on April 12.

“While I’m fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated,” Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “Accordingly, I have fined Kobe $100,000. Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society.”

Noah scored just one point to go along with five rebounds and struggled defensively against the Heat’s Chris Bosh, who had 34 points as Miami went up 2-1 in the series. Sports scores.

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