Sacramento, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized for his outburst after he was ejected in the third quarter of their 99-70 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Noah, who was automatically ejected in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul, unleashed a burst of invective anger on the game’s three referees, pointing at each individually and screaming “F— you!” before being escorted off the floor.
“I’m really disappointed,” Noah said. “I shouldn’t have acted that way. I apologize. I’m sorry to all three referees out there. They’re out there trying to do their jobs, and I should never have said the things that I said.”
Noah, who picked up his first technical less than three minutes earlier, earned the second after reacting to a foul call.
“I hope they accept my apology, and I hope I can move on from this,” Noah said.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Noah both believe that no suspension or fine will come the latter’s way as a result of the outburst.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Noah said. “But I just want to apologize, and that’s it.”
Noah admitted that he was frustrated with the team’s play against the Kings. As a team, the Bulls shot just 28.2 percent from the field, allowing the Kings to escape with their first victory in eight games.
“Yeah, I think I was just frustrated with the game,” he said. “You gotta give Sacramento a lot of credit. They played really well, they deserve to win and we’ve got to step it up, but I think I was just frustrated with the way the game was going.”
Thibodeau said the Bulls, who visit the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night for the fourth game of a six-game trip, played poorly and the refs weren’t to blame.