To Joakim's credit, he did apologize in an impromptu interview immediately after the Bulls lost to the Heat. "The fan said something that I thought was disrespecful, I got caught up in the moment and I responded. I was frustrated and I didn't mean any disrespect to anyone." He issued an additional formal apology the next day (Monday). The NBA fined him $50,000 and he accepted the fine as a consequence of his misbehavior. That's all good. However, I'm still disappointed in what he said. I know for a fact that he was taught better than his temper demonstrated.
Ironically, Yannick himself has been the subject of many gay rumors in his past. As recently as 2005 and 2006, he was villified in the Cameroonian media as being a gay man. There were some politicians in Cameroon (we all know that type) advocating for his arrest. So, we know the son failed to understand the knowledge that his father passed on to him. Hopefully, he'll get the message this time around. The fine and all the negative press just might help reinforce the lesson on inclusion.
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