On Wednesday, the NBA announced that Nikola Jokic will be fined $25,000 for “using derogatory and offensive language.”
The league has been consistent in their stance on homophobic language, whether those phrases are used by players with malicious intent or not. In 2011, Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 for directing a homophobic slur toward a fan in the stands. In 2012, Amare Staudemire was fined $50,000 for using a homophobic slur when addressing a fan on Twitter. In 2013, Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 for jokingly using the same slur as Jokic.
Former Denver Stiffs writer, Jeff Morton summed up the situation best:
I'm sure Jokic meant no offense. Truly. However you just can't say that dude.— Jeffrey Morton (@jmorton78) November 7, 2018
Jokic will be suited up for the Nuggets tonight as they are in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.