Nikola Jokic Got Fined $25,000 For Dropping A "No Homo" In A Postgame Interview, Which Is As Funny As It Is Wrong
Just one question before we begin. Exactly how offensive is it to find the idea of an internationally born athlete getting fined for dropping a long out-of-style slang term in semi-broken English to be absolutely hilarious? I totally understand the reasoning as to why the phrase "no homo" had to be phased out and replaced by a much less aggressive term like "pause" in making sure statements that aren't meant to be deemed sexually explicit aren't interpreted as homoerotic. It implies a certain level of phobia to the idea of same sex relations, and that is - in fact - bad. However, it being casually dropped in a postgame interview by a European player who didn't consider that it might be problematic to use throwback rap records as a makeshift Rosetta Stone is - in fact - funny.
Nikola Jocic got himself PAID, so $25,000 is basically chump change, but I still think we should have given him a one-time pass on the whole "insinuating that being gay is gross" thing. After all, aren't we now a society that is (at least in theory) sensitive to all races, religions, nationalities, and sexualities? Shouldn't that include being understanding of the trials and tribulations of a young Serbian fella who is just trying to do the impossible by navigating English ebonics that change as often as the cultural landscape of the NBA without accidentally implying that his primary defender is hung like a horse?