Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $15,000 by the NBA after his on-court tirade towards the officials of Monday night’s contest. People can say what they want about the fine, but the fact is Noah is incredibly lucky he wasn’t suspended by the league for the incident.
Noah went berserk after he received his second technical foul during the 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings. He even went as far as to drop ‘F-Bombs’ directed at each individual official. Noah had to leave the court anyways because two technical resulted in an ejection, which is why he decided to get his money’s worth on the way out.
After watching the incident unfold, there’s no question Noah deserved to be suspended. Don’t get me wrong, $15,000 is a lot of money that definitely sends a message. However, that amount of cash is pocket change to someone who makes $11.1 million this season. A much stronger message would have been to make him sit for at least one game plus a fine.
Apparently, Noah thought the league’s actions was just.
“I think it was fair,” Noah said, according to ESPN. “It was a bad mistake on my part. I have to keep my cool under all circumstances. It’s unfortunate I have to pay for it. And I have to move on and just get ready for the game.”
“I was ready for whatever consequences were going to be thrown my way,” he added. “I’m just happy that I’m able to play tonight and be there with my teammates.”
The Bulls are currently in the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-24 record.