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