NBA Referee Admits He’s Gay After Rondo Called Him A “F*cking F*ggot” (Video)
Sacramento PG Rajon Rondo was suspended this week for getting into a referee’s face & calling him a racial slur and it somehow forced that same referee to come out of the closet.
Rajon Rondo has been suspended for 1 game by the NBA For cussing out a ref in the Mexico game (ESPN)
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Video of the incident:
According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the three officials who worked the game – Bill Kennedy, Ben Taylor and Bennie Adams – confirmed those reports of Rondo’s alleged slur in taped interviews conducted by NBA security on Dec. 4.
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.
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.”
Kennedy made the following announcement to Wojnarowski over the weekend, with the full support of Adam Silver.
“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.”
H/T – ThaCover2