Joakim Noah was fined $25,000 for “pushing a fan,” the league announced on Friday via official release.
The incident occurred as Noah and his teammates were exiting the floor at halftime of Chicago’s Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Noah complained that a fan had spit on him as he was leaving the court, but it’s unclear whether or not that happened before or after Noah’s minor tap/push of this particular individual.
There are two sides here, obviously. Fans shouldn’t be allowed to hurl insults while in close proximity to players without consequences, but at the same time, athletes at the professional level simply cannot react physically (or even verbally) to fans, no matter the circumstances.