Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for making "derogatory and disparaging language" during a live interview, as per Yahoo Sports. The incident took place after the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls, when TNT reporter Jared Greenberg asked Thomas if the team needed to "bring on the good looks because you were lacking that," referring to a joke made by two new players during a previous news conference.
The NBA has been swift in taking action against Thomas' use of inappropriate language, but the incident has sparked a comparison with other players who have used similar language but escaped penalty. In particular, a video has resurfaced of superstar LeBron James using the same phrase during a press conference, but he did not receive a fine for it. This has led to a debate about whether the league is being consistent in its enforcement of rules and regulations.
Thomas replied, "I seen it, but I was like, man, he's just talking for the laughs. We already had good-looking dudes, no homo."
Thomas' teammate Spencer Dinwiddie laughed and said, "All right. [I'm] sure the league office will enjoy that one."
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The use of the "no homo" phrase by NBA players is not a new issue. Business Insider reported that in 2013, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 for using a profanity and making a "no homo" remark during a press conference. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was also fined $25,000 in 2018 for making a similar comment during a media interview. NBC Sports criticized Jokic's remark, stating that it perpetuates the harmful idea that being gay is wrong and suggests that straight individuals must go out of their way to avoid any association with homosexuality. The NBA has been firm in its stance that this kind of language is inappropriate in the workplace.
In contrast, Black Sports Online reported that LeBron James used the "no homo" phrase in 2010, but he did not receive any penalty for it.
According to Black Sports Online, LeBron James was not fined for his use of the "no homo" remark in 2010 due to the slow adoption of social media by mainstream media outlets, which made it go unnoticed at the time.
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