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Joakim Noah has apologized for yelling an antigay slur at a fan during the Chicago Bulls' 96-85 playoff loss to the Miami Heat over the weekend. GLAAD says it's a start, but is urging the NBA to take further action against the Bulls center.
"Last month the NBA sent an important message about how such slurs fuel a climate of intolerance and are unacceptable," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a statement. "These anti-gay remarks, coming so soon after, demonstrate how much needs to be done.
"Noah's apology is a start. We are confident that the NBA will now take disciplinary measures and hasten its work with us to clearly tell all players that there is no place in the game for anti-gay words and attitudes."
Noah appeared on video to yell the word "fa**ot" at a fan during the game. He apologized after the game, telling reporters: I apologize. 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."