A little more than a week ago, Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo was ejected from a game against the Boston Celtics after two technical fouls in the matter of minutes. After the ejection, he confronted official Bill Kennedy and was later punished by the NBA.
The punishment came after it was alleged that Rondo used an anti-gay slur against him. It now seems as though Rondo’s slur was much more personal than originally believed as Yahoo Sports reported that Kennedy had come out as homosexual Sunday night.
“I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man. I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver supported Kennedy’s brave decision to come out publicly.
“I wholeheartedly support Bill’s decision to live his life proudly and openly. Throughout his 18-year career with the league, Bill has excelled as a referee because of his passion, dedication and courage. Those qualities will continue to serve him well both as a game official and as a positive influence for others. While our league has made great progress, our work continues to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”
As for Rondo, he is the third person to be punished by the NBA for using an anti-gay slur, but the first to have been suspended. In an official report from the game, Rondo was heard calling Kennedy a “mother——- fa—-” and will miss the team’s game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
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