Joakim Noah drops F-bombs on refs, gets ejected, apologizes for behavior afterward (video)
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah completely lost his composure during his team’s 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday while disputing a foul call during the third quarter.
After the whistle was blown on the center as he jockeyed for rebounding position under the net with Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, Noah totally flipped out and began to aggressively argue with officials.
Replays showed that Noah probably didn’t deserve to be called for a foul, but his conduct towards the refs was uncalled for and over the top. Noah could be seen yelling something in the direction of the officials, especially when pointing at referee Eli Roe and appearing to scream a profanity at him.
Despite his teammates and coaches attempting to intervene on his behalf and calm him down, Noah continued his meltdown before ultimately being dragged off the court after his ejection.
Given time to contemplate his behavior, Noah apologized for his on-court actions after the game.
“I’m really disappointed,” Noah said, according to a Chicago Tribune report. “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.’’
Apologies are nice — and in this case, warranted — but despite Noah’s best efforts to take responsibility, the NBA surely will be fining the young man for his antics.
The fact that Noah appeared to be dropping f-bombs has spurned a little after-the-fact tomfoolery on the interwebs. The most obvious joke about Noah’s behavior and choice of phrasing is to reference “Half-Baked” and overdub some dialogue from the stoner flick (NSFW video). One could also opt to go a little further back and reference this scene from “Coming to America” (also a NSFW video). Both work.