Is TNT culpable in NBA’s gay slur epidemic?

Another player is apologizing for his use of a gay slur during a game, which was caught by TV cameras. Should the players be the only ones apologizing?

Last night in Miami, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah hurled a gay slur at a Heat fan who was heckling him. TNT’s broadcast caught Noah’s side of the exchange on camera:

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant directed the same gay slur at a referee earlier this season. It was also caught on camera, and he received a $100,000 fine in the incident. One can only assume that Noah will receive a similarly heavy fine for violating league policy.

For his part, Noah was contrite after the game:

“A fan said something, and I said something back. I apologized. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I got caught up. I didn’t mean any disrespect to anybody.”

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