Did Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah use the exact same slur that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined for? Apparently the basketball star yelled "F*ck you, faggot!" to a fan seated behind him during last night's 96-85 playoff defeat to the Miami Heat.
After getting called for a foul against LeBron James of the Miami Heat in the first quarter, the Bulls center starts yelling at somebody behind his team's bench at Miami's American Airlines Arena. Noah appears to use the same expletive homophobic slur that drew a $100,000 fine for Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers when he used it on a referee in April. The tape doesn't appear to be as definitive as the Kobe incident.
Noah later "apologized" at a press conference. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I responded," said Noah. "I was frustrated and I didn't mean any disrespect to anyone."
Joakim Noah is the son of former French-Cameroonian tennis legend Yannick Noah. In 2005 and 2006, the legendary tennis star and well-known playboy was gay-baited by tabloid media in Cameroon.
Baby-daddylicious Dwyane Wade—and sons—plus Miami Heat teammate LeBron James offered some support. More photos, D-Wade and LeBron hang with Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishhikori and watch Brandy sing AFTER THE JUMP ...
Vogue editor Anna Wintour is reportedly courting the Knicks' $100 million power forward Amar'e Stoudemire to cover Vogue, reports Page Six.
Wintour, who put LeBron James on her cover a few years back ... personally invited Stoudemire to last night's Fashion's Night Out runway show at Lincoln Center, and word is he'll join editor-at-large Hamish Bowles at the Tommy Hilfiger runway show on Sunday. "Amar'e wasn't planning on going out last night, but he changed his mind after getting the invite from Anna," said a pal of the athlete.
In related news: Halle Berry covers the current September 2010 Vogue. Berry is the first non-white person grace the publication's all-important September issue in more than 20 years. "The last—and first, it should be noted—was Naomi Campbell’s in 1989," reports Styleite.com. "[Berry] is part of only a small handful of black cover stars ever. There have been a total of 14 in the history of the magazine and all its international editions."
NBA superstar LeBron James shows his inner fashionista for the September 2010 . LeBreon is freakin' fabulous and channels fellow baller Kobe Bryant in the cover editorial that features fitted pieces by Gucci, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana (white jeans above), Bottega Venetta and ... wait for it ... custom made Levi's.
"BQ Sex Siren" Trey Songz goes "Bottoms Up": "Oils, a professional massage chair and a delectable kiss to the neck. "
Marine investigated for allegedly appearing in internet gay porn:
"Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons [alleged] screen name is 'Christian
Jade.' The investigation was prompted in part by alleged evidence Simmons wore
his Marine uniform 'in some of these productions.'"
Small "riot" erupts at Taste of Chicago as restless crowd awaits Trey Songz. " Five people waiting in line for the concert were treated for
heat-related illnesses and multiple ambulances [were] dispatched. As the jammed throng grew increasingly agitated before a line of mounted
police, one Chicago policeman muttered, 'There’s a
riot going on.'"
Superstar basketball player LeBron James becomes the first black man to cover Vogue in its 115-year history. Photographer Annie Leibovitz captures the image of James and supermodel Gisele Bundchen and, "his mouth wide open and teeth exposed holding a trophy, so to speak," notes Jasmyne Cannick, who, like many critics have compared the cover to the iconic image of King Kong and actress Fay Wray.
"LeBron has Gisele in one hand and a basketball in the other. LeBron is dressed in basketball gear, with his muscles flexing, tattoos showing and bared teeth. Gisele, on the other hand, is wearing a gorgeous slim-fitting dress, and smiling.
"She looks like she's on her way to something fashionable and exciting. He looks like he's on his way to a pickup game for serial killers.
"Now, maybe the point was to show the contrast between brawn and beauty, masculinity versus femininity, strength versus grace. But Vogue's quest to highlight the differences between superstar athletes and supermodels only successfully reinforces the animalistic stereotypes frequently associated with black athletes."
LeBron James would have cut a dashing figure in a Lanvin or Armani suit, but, that was probably not "fashion forward" enough for Anna Wintour. Given his stardom, the baller could have insisted on a more flattering image. Then again, this is the same LeBron James that was the only member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to refuse to publicly condemn the Chinese government for its role in the ongoing genocide in Darfur. LeBron James has become the caricature of a ridiculously wealthy entertainer with no social conscience.