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The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic has been fined $25,000 for using the phrase “no homo” while discussing Wendell Carter, Jr.’s length, as NBA writer Sean Highkin reports.

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“He’s lon—huh, no homo, he’s longer than you expect,” said the Serbian center after last Wednesday’s game, which you can see here:

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On the one hand, it’s healthy for a professional sports league to come down hard on even faintly homophobic remarks. On the other hand, if he’d just used the more-palatable “pause” to have some fun with his heterosexual fragility, he’d probably be in the clear. Slang percolates to non-native speakers more slowly, one imagines.

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