There may be a new guy occupying the office of commissioner of the NBA, but the consequences of Joakim Noah’s profane outburst and ejection Monday night are likely to be the same.
In his first week since succeeding David Stern, Adam Silver will review Noah’s actions in the Chicago Bulls 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings and will likely decide that Noah needs to forfeit some money. When he reviews the video, he’ll see Noah dispute a foul call — probably undeserved — in the third quarter by pointing and directing a profanity at each of the game officials before being escorted off the floor. His patience frayed because he earlier had been given a technical on a play on which he was fouled and there was no call.
After the game, Noah apologized for his three-for-one outburst.
“I’m really disappointed,” Noah said (via the Chicago Tribune). “I shouldn’t have acted that way. I apologize. I’m sorry to all three referees out there. They’re out there trying to do their jobs and I should never have said the things that I said. I hope they accept my apology and I hope I can move on from this. … I was frustrated with the call, but it doesn’t give me the right to do what I did. I deserve to get ejected, and it was just a bad decision on my part.’’
Beyond the buzzer has a fuller clip of the video, with the proviso that even inexperienced lip readers may be offended.