SoRaspy: Bulls’ Noah apologizes for tossing ball at official
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized to the officiating crew on Sunday afternoon after he was ejected during Saturday night’s win over the Toronto Raptors for throwing the ball in referee Derrick Collins’ direction.
“I just want to apologize to the referee,” Noah said. “That was wrong. I was frustrated at the call and I overreacted.”
With 1:28 remaining in the second quarter, Noah was whistled for a call he did not agree and was almost instantly rung up for a technical foul. Shortly thereafter, he tossed the ball towards Collins and was whistled for his second technical foul. Noah admits that he isn’t sure he will be fined or suspended.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen about that,” Noah said. “But I just want to apologize to the ref.”
Tom Thibodeau, who expressed his frustration toward Noah’s decision after Saturday’s game, hinted that he and the young center discussed the incident on Sunday.
“We handle that stuff internally,” Thibodeau said. “It was some frustration on his part, but he’ll be fine.”
Thibodeau does not think Noah will be suspended.
“That will be the league (decision),” he said. “I thought it was minimal.”
Noah said he hadn’t heard from the league yet and hoped he would not be suspended.
“I just feel bad for what happened,” Noah said. “I just want to apologize to the ref for coming at him like that. It was wrong of me; I was just frustrated and I just hope he reads this and accepts my apology.”
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