Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokić has been hit with a $25,000 fine for making a silly joke on live television.
The 23-year-old Serbian seems to be well acclimated to American culture, having moved to the U.S. in 2014, but he's still a few years late as what he said during a post-game interview probably hasn't been said in the last six or so years.
Jokić was speaking about Wendell Carter's length after last Wednesday's 108-107 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls and lightheartedly threw the phrase "no homo" in.
“He’s lon - huh, no homo, he’s longer than you expect,” he said in reference to Carter after the game.
Of course, the statement prompted laughter and satire from all around. However, the NBA failed to see the funny side, ruling the term derogatory and offensive.
"Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been fined $25,000 for using derogatory and offensive language, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations," a statement on the league's official website reads.
"Jokic made his comments to the media during a postgame interview following the Nuggets’ 108-107 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 31 at United Center."
The 23-year-old certainly didn't mean to offend anyone but he should have known that a fine was coming after using the "H" word.
It does seem a tad unfair, though, given that the only two players who have picked up $25,000 fines this season - Boston Celtics guards Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart - committed offences that are deemed to be much worse.
Irving was fined for tossing a ball into the stands after a loss to Denver on Monday, while Smart's punishment came after a preseason scuffle in a match against the Cleveland Cavaliers.