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Joakim Noah apologizes for “f-bombs” at referees

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

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Joakim Noah wasn’t sure if he was going to hear from the league office Tuesday, but he figured he’d at least try and be proactive before a possible fine or suspension heads his way.

After picking up a second technical foul and being ejected in the third quarter of a 99-70 loss to Sacramento, Noah pointed at each of the three referees and dropped an “[expletive] you,’’ on each of them, before his teammates restrained him and he was led off the court.

“I’m really disappointed,’’ Noah said after the game. “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.’’

Noah was asked what led up to his outburst, and again took responsibility.

“I think I was just frustrated with the game,’’ Noah said. “You gotta give Sacramento a lot of credit. They played really well, they deserve to win and we’ve got to step it up, but I think I was just frustrated with the way the game was going. 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.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

The Kings were called for two more fouls than the Bulls so Noah was probably not complaining about that. Chicago had a -23 disadvantage on the boards and shot just 28.2 % from the field against one of the worst defenses in the league, including a season-low 12 points in the first quarter. I would be pretty pissed off too if I were getting my tail handed to me like that. – AL

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