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When Does Heckling Turn to Abuse?

Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune

What Joakim Noah said was wrong.

He deserved to be fined $50,000 for directing a gay slur at a Heat fan who was heckling him from behind the Chicago Bulls' bench.

Let's make that clear right from the top.

Even Noah admitted as much in accepting blame again Monday afternoon.

"I said the wrong thing," Noah said, "and I'm going to deal with the consequences like a man."

But there's a...

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