Joakim Noah Responds to Cardale Jones

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah continues to be one of the mouths of the league, with Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones being his latest target. In the Bulls’ playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Noah allegedly saw Jones sitting courtside and shouted something at him which was later deemed to be “You ain’t in the SEC!”

Noah on bench watching Cardale Jones on the public address mic mouthed, "you ain't in the SEC"

— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) May 7, 2015

Jones later tweeted that Noah should “watch his mouth” and called him a “chump,” seemingly adding fuel to the fire.

@JoakimNoah watch yo mouth before I give you these hands chump

— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) May 7, 2015

But now, Noah seems to be backpedaling. According to ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell, Noah is claiming that not only did he not know who Jones was, but that he didn’t say anything to Jones at all.

Noah on Cardale Jones: "I didn't know who he was until this morning."

— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) May 7, 2015

Noah says he didn't say anything to Jones. He didn't even who Jones was.

— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) May 7, 2015

This seems incredibly hard to believe, as Jones was under center when the No. 4 Buckeyes defeated Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks in this year’s inaugural College Football Playoff final. Unless Noah just flat out does not follow college football or lives under a rock, he had to have at least SOME idea of who Jones was at the time of the incident.

On top of that, when Noah won his second championship as a member of the Florida Gators in 2007, the school that he and his teammates beat in the NCAA tournament final was none other than Ohio State. It’s like I said. Unless he flat out does not watch college football or read the Sports Section, chances are that Noah knew full well who Jones was and is now just backpedaling.

Campus Sports will update this story as more details come in.

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