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Noah fined $15K for verbally abusing officials

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Chicago Bulls' All-Star center Joakim Noah was assessed a $15,000 fine on Tuesday for his actions on Monday during the team's 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Noah was called for a foul on Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins with 7:40 remaining in the third quarter. Noah didn't appear to foul Cousins on the replay and he threw his hands up while walking towards the officials looking for an explanation.

Already having picked up a technical earlier in the game, Noah drew his second of the night, which is an automatic ejection. Once he was ejected, Noah pointed at official Eli Roe and spewed profanities and did so to the other two officials, David Guthrie and Rodney Mott before Carlos Boozer and team security could get ahold of him.

The big man apologized after the game, realizing the severity of his actions.

“I’m really disappointed. I shouldn’t have acted that way," Noah told reporters following Monday's loss. "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 think I was just frustrated with the game. 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."

The fine is the first issued by new commissioner Adam Silver, who officially took over for David Stern on Saturday.

The penalty is also modest considering that Taj Gibson earned a $25,000 fine last postseason for verbally abusing an official during a game vs. the Miami Heat.

"I think it was fair," Noah told reporters on Tuesday. "It was a bad mistake on my part. I have to keep my cool under all circumstances. I could’ve easily been suspended for a game and that would’ve been really hard for me not to be able to be there for my teammates."

The Bulls will look to cool off the surging Phoenix Suns tonight.


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