Posted February 04, 2014

Video: Bulls’ Joakim Noah earns ejection with profane tirade against referees

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, DeMarcus Cousins, Joakim Noah, Sacramento Kings

Bulls center Joakim Noah was ejected from Chicago’s 99-70 road loss to Sacramento after he disputed a foul call and used profane language while pointing at each of the three officials before leaving the court.

The heated exchange took place with Sacramento leading 51-40 with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter. Kings guard Marcus Thornton launched a three-pointer from the left corner, and Noah was called for a foul as he battled with DeMarcus Cousins for rebounding position. Replays indicated that Noah hadn’t done anything to deserve the foul, and he immediately reacted with confusion and frustration, turning both of his palms up and rushing towards the Bulls’ bench. Noah’s teammates were similarly confused by the call.

Once Noah confirmed that the foul was indeed assessed to him, he shouted angrily in the direction of the officials, even as Kirk Hinrich attempted to defuse the situation. Noah then spun around, pointed his finger directly at referee Eli Roe and appeared to shout profanity in the official’s face. He then proceeded to point and scream at referees David Guthrie and Rodney Mott before Carlos Boozer and a team official could intervene and direct him off the court towards the locker room.

Noah, who was selected as a 2014 All-Star reserve last week, departed at the 7:39 mark after receiving two technical fouls, leaving with four points (on 1-for-6 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

Following the game, Noah apologized for his behavior.

“I’m really disappointed,” Noah said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “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. … 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 NBA league office will almost certainly fine Noah for his antics. For comparison’s sake, Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $15,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection from a Christmas Day game against the Clippers.

Sacramento went on to claim an easy victory in Noah’s absence, holding Chicago to just 13 fourth-quarter points and 28.2 percent shooting for the game.

Cousins finished with a game-high 25 points (on 8-for-15 shooting), 16 rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points (on 7-for-9 shooting), three rebounds and three assists for the Kings.

Jimmy Butler led Chicago with a team-high 17 points (on 4-for-11 shooting), five rebounds and three steals.

Sacramento improved to 16-32 with the win. Chicago dropped to 23-24 with the loss.

Video via YouTube user beyondthebuzzercom

11 comments
Tito1
Tito1

GOOD FOR HIM! About someone said something about poor officiating... Somewhere in North Korea Dennis Rodman must be smiling and feeling proud hahahaa

GreggB
GreggB

I want to come from that ghetto...wth!?

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

He sucks and cusses the refs like it's their fault he scores 4 and has 4 boards.

"I hope they accept my apology and I hope I can move on from this. " yeah they will forget what ghetto trash you are and won't ever call a foul on you again. good luck next game

vezia07
vezia07

Yeah Noah will get fined ... But the bigger question is who is holding the refs (#44 in this case) accountable for all the terrible calls on both side of the ball tonight? They do have a tough job... But they should be held just as accountable as these players...

caleb
caleb

@Listening  He's a punk for admitting he was wrong and apologizing?

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

@WHO*IS*ESPNI know!  That bilingual thug!  Clearly the trashy byproduct of the mean streets of Paris and the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  I bet he told the ref to "Casse toi"!

chitownfiasco
chitownfiasco

@WHO*IS*ESPN  What ghetto? Ever heard of Yannick Noah? Joakim Noah comes from money. A lot of it, actually. Go ahead. Look him up. It won't hurt. Just because he threw a tantrum doesn't make him from the "ghetto". It means he got angry. Much like you seem to be. Every. Day. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@WHO*IS*ESPN  Ghetto trash? Noah has never lived in the "ghetto". He doesn't come from a poor family at all. I understand you're life has taken a sharp drop since they stopped letting people troll the espn message boards, but at least save a tiny shred of dignity by moving on. 

Ryan19
Ryan19

@vezia07  I love when ignorant fans like you talk about all the bad calls that the refs made.  They may miss a couple here and there, but the majority of the calls you are complaining about are simply plays in which you don't understand the rules and the way the league wants the refs to call those plays.  You're just a typical biased fan.