"I made a mistake," Noah said. "I’ll learn from it and move on."
Asked about receiving a lesser fine than the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who was fined $100,000 for making an anti-gay remark to a referee last month, Noah said that didn’t matter to him one way or another. "I didn’t really know what my fine would be," he said. "I was just ready to face the consequences and move on and get ready for this game. I don’t want to be a distraction to this team."
The league says Bryant’s fine was higher "because it included a sanction for verbally abusing" a game official. Bryant is contesting the $100,000 penalty.
The Joakim Noah incident happened on May 22, during Game 3 of the Bulls' 96-85 playoff defeat to the Miami Heat. Noah later apologized at a press conference. Ironically, the new anti-homophobia PSA that features Grant Hill and Jared Dudley was broadcast during half-time.