NBA player Nikola Jokic fined $25,000 for saying ‘no homo’

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets playing basketball

NBA player Nikola Jokic has been fined $25,000 for saying “no homo” in a post-game interview.

The Denver Nuggets player came under fire for his comments on October 31, after the team’s 108-107 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Jokic, who also represents the Serbian national basketball team, was asked in the interview about up-and-coming Chicago Bulls player Wendell Carter Jr., who is  6-foot-10 tall and has a 7-foot-5 wingspan.

“He’s long… no homo, he’s longer than you expect.”

The NBA player responded: “I respect his game,. He’s crafty, hard worker, if that makes any sense. He’s playing really hard basketball.”

He added: “He’s long… no homo, he’s longer than you expect. He can jump, he’s right there. He’s really good defensive player. I think he can be a really, really good player.”

The clip was shared online by fans, but the comment landed the 23-year-old NBA player in hot water with the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, who was fined for saying 'no homo'

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets. (Matthew Stockman/Getty)

The basketball body, which takes a zero tolerance approach to homophobia, announced that Jokic would face a fine for a breach of standards.

In a statement, Kiki VanDeWeghe of the NBA confirmed: “Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been fined $25,000 for using derogatory and offensive language.”

Neither Nikola Jokic nor the Denver Nuggets have commented on the fine.

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