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Another Professional Athlete Hurls Homophobic Slur

Joakim NoahLast night during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah called a heckling fan a “f***ing f***ot” after receiving his second foul of the night.  The TNT cameras caught the slur.

HRC President Joe Solmonese had the following to say in response to Noah’s outburst:

“We need to get to a point where you don’t use an anti-gay slur to respond to events.  It’s just plain unacceptable. At a time when the NBA and a growing number of pro-athletes are publicly standing up for equality, it’s too bad Mr. Noah worked against their efforts last night.  That said, we’re pleased he quickly realized the error of his ways and apologized.”

ESPN is reporting that Noah said, “A fan said something and I said something back. I apologize. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I got caught up. I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”

The LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant hurled the same anti-gay remark at a referee during a game last month. Bryant immediately and graciously apologized.

This morning the Human Rights Campaign released a video of NBA star Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns publicly supporting marriage equality in New York. NHL forward Sean Avery did the same last week. The videos can be viewed at

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