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Kings point guard Rajon Rondo is under some serious fire right now as NBA referee Bill Kennedy has come out as gay after it was revealed that Rondo yelled anti-gay slurs after being ejected by Kennedy in a game against the Celtics a few weeks ago.
An investigation by the NBA confirmed what Rondo was saying to Kennedy and he has been suspended for one-game by the league.
In the game officials’ report used as part of the NBA’s investigation – which includes details provided to Yahoo Sports from National Basketball Referee’s Association general counsel Lee Seham – Kennedy and fellow referee Ben Taylor described Rondo’s post-ejection diatribe as including the statements: “You’re a mother——- faggot. … You’re a f—— faggot, Billy.”
Whether Rondo knew at the time of the incident that Kennedy was gay is unknown at this point.
Kennedy, 49, has been officiating in the NBA for 18-years and is hands down one of the best referees in the game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement following Kennedy’s announcement. Via Yahoo Sports:
“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.”
“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.”