Posted February 04, 2014

NBA fines Bulls’ Joakim Noah for ‘verbal abuse of officials’ following ejection vs. Kings

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah, Sacramento Kings

The NBA announced Tuesday that Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $15,000 for “verbally abusing the officials” after he was ejected from Chicago’s 99-70 road loss to Sacramento on Monday.

Noah, who is on the books for $11.1 million this season, was not suspended for disputing a foul call and using profane language while pointing at each of the three officials before he left the court. He will be available when Chicago visits Phoenix on Tuesday.

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.’’

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. Chicago dropped to 23-24 with the loss.

Noah is the first person to be fined by the league office since Adam Silver succeeded David Stern as commissioner on Saturday.

Video via YouTube user beyondthebuzzercom

12 comments
Vira
Vira

This article significantly under-reports the fraudulence of the call(s) by official Rodney Mott that precipitated Noah's understandably frustrated response.    Mott had failed to call an obvious foul committed by the Kings against Noah on a previous play, and when Noah protested Mott assessed a technical foul.  Mott then very clearly and very obviously called a foul against Noah on a play where there was no contact.  It was an obvious attempt by Mott to goad and provoke Noah with a bogus call, and to remind Noah that Mott had "power" over Noah by virtue of his position as referee.   It was clearly and intentionally a bogus call, designed to further punish Noah for his complaints about the officiating.  As such, it was a blatant violation of the NBA's standards of conduct for referees.  


If the NBA values the integrity of its product, the league should refund Noah's fine;  fine Mott an equivalent amount;  suspend Mott, subject to successful completion of an NBA Officials' Ethics Certification Examination, as well as successful comprehensive examination over NBA Rules and Regulations, successful completion of a Mediation course, and anger management counseling.   Reinstatement should be on a probationary basis, with any repeat violations or conduct issues within the next 10 years resulting in immediate termination, with any salary earned subject to clawback plus interest.  


Vira
Vira

This article significantly under-reports the fraudulence of the call(s) by official Rodney Mott that precipitated Noah's understandably frustrated response.    Mott had failed to call an obvious foul committed by the Kings against Noah on a previous play, and when Noah protested Mott assessed a technical foul.  Mott then very clearly and very obviously called a foul against Noah on a play where there was no contact.  It was an obvious attempt by Mott to goad and provoke Noah with a bogus call, and to remind Noah that Mott had "power" over Noah by virtue of his position as referee.   It was clearly and intentionally a bogus call, designed to further punish Noah for his complaints about the officiating.  As such, it was a blatant violation of the NBA's standards of conduct for referees.  


If the NBA values the integrity of its product, the league should refund Noah's fine;  fine Mott an equivalent amount;  suspend Mott, subject to successful completion of an NBA Officials' Ethics Certification Examination, as well as successful comprehensive examination over NBA Rules and Regulations, successful completion of a Mediation course, and anger management counseling.   Reinstatement should be on a probationary basis, with any repeat violations or conduct issues within the next 10 years resulting in immediate termination, with any salary earned subject to clawback plus interest.  



TheVon
TheVon

I thought it was hilarious, but I expected a larger fine.  

JosephFraser
JosephFraser

Why is baseball the only sport where just looking at a ref gets you thrown out of a game?  I guess I don't understand why NBA refs are treated so differently than other sports.  

Bill57
Bill57

Are you kidding me??!!! This disgusting behavior is OK in today's NBA. I can spend hundreds of dollars to take my wife and 2 daughters to an NBA game and it is perfectly OK for a player to go out of his way to storm around the court and scream an F-bomb individually at each of the 3 officials? I know they seem to want to appeal to a certain demographic, but this kind of anti-social behavior should not be tolerated in any event or venue. I wonder how the 3 officials feel about the NBA in essence green lighting this kind of abuse toward them.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Honestly, he got off pretty easy.

malgus
malgus

So guys get suspended from playoff games for leaving the bench but this guy can go all crazy and use bad language in refs faces and get a $15k slap on the wrist.   Or how about *shock* resting your guys after a back to back?  250k fine.  Go home Stern you're drunk and you made Silver drunk too.

horstradoomus1
horstradoomus1

@TheVon  Probably didn't get a larger fine or suspension because the referees blew the call. 

RobertLongo
RobertLongo

@Bill57 Just explain to your kids that he is mad and not having a good day and move on.

qt3dot14
qt3dot14

@malgus ummmm.... noah was about 15 feet away from cousins when  the ref blew the whistle.  i think the refs should have been fined 15k each for incompetence.


we can see that changing commissioners will have zero effect on the games biggest problem, horrible officiating.