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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah fined for verbally abusing officials

Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on January 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is a little lighter in the pocket today after being fined for verbally abusing officials in a Chicago Bulls loss on Monday. As reported by USA Today Sports on Feb. 4, the NBA announced a $15,000 fine for Noah.

After being ejected following two technical fouls during the game against the Sacramento Kings, Noah showed his frustrating by berating NBA referee Eli Roe. Noah then went off on referees David Guthrie and Rodney Mott before finally leaving the court. Noah has always been a very passionate player on the court, but he was embarrassed about his temper tantrum and offered an apology for the outburst after the game.

“I’m really disappointed. 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.”

The sincerity of the apology may have prevented Joakim Noah from any sort of suspension as it was the first major decision and find handed down by new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver who just recently took over for former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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