By Simon Evans
MIAMI, May 22 (Reuters) - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 by the NBA
after he made an anti-gay slur to a Miami Heat fan during his team's 96-85 playoff defeat on
The league said in a statement on Monday that Noah had used "a derogatory and offensive term
from the bench during the first quarter".
"The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful and I got caught up in the
moment and I responded," Noah told reporters after Sunday's game.
"I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I didn't mean any
disrespect to anybody."
The league has taken a strong stance against homophobic insults since Kobe Bryant made an
anti-gay remark to a referee in a playoff game last month.
Bryant, one of the NBA's most-recognizable and highest-paid players, was fined $100,000
while the league now broadcasts commercials featuring players urging fans not to make
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