Rajon Rondo won’t be suiting up for the Kings on Tuesday night, due to a suspension stemming from an altercation with referee Bill Kennedy during a game in Mexico City earlier this month.
Rondo was ejected by Kennedy and proceeded to go off on the 18-year veteran, including a swarm of anti-gay slurs.
After Kennedy, 49, ejected Rondo with consecutive technical fouls in a Kings loss to the Boston Celtics, Rondo defied league protocol to immediately leave the court and began stalking Kennedy, who had retreated to a far sideline of the floor.
“You’re a mother——- faggot. … You’re a f—— faggot, Billy.”
As it turns out, Kennedy has just revealed that he is gay and has taken this opportunity to come out in hopes that it will encourage other to not feel ashamed about who they are.
“I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. “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, issued a statement of support following Kennedy’s announcement:
“I wholeheartedly support Bill’s decision to live his life proudly and openly,” Silver told Yahoo Sports in a statement. “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.”
A review of the incident “affirmed that Rondo aggressively pursued referee Bill Kennedy and had to be restrained by teammates and escorted off the floor by Sacramento team security,” though Rondo has denied making any anti-gay remarks during his tirade.
However, the three officials on assignment for that game have backed up Kennedy’s claims in taped interviews conducted by the league security.
Just when Rajon Rondo was having a stellar season without much drama, seemingly breaking his old habits, he goes and ruins it all.