Gregg Popovich Comments on Rajon Rondo’s Alleged Slur Toward Ref Bill Kennedy

December 14th, 2015 by Danny Webster Leave a reply »

Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for one game after allegedly directing a homophobic slur toward NBA referee Bill Kennedy during his team's Dec. 3 loss to the Boston Celtics.

On Sunday, Kennedy revealed to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that he is gay.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post that he was not surprised by Rondo's comments (via ProBasketballTalk):

Why would I be surprised? You see it all the time. It's unfortunate, it's disgusting, because Billy is a great guy, and has been a class act on and off the court. As far as anybody's sexual orientation, it's nobody's business. It just shows ignorance to act in a derogatory way toward anybody in the LGBT community. It doesn't make sense. But surprised, of course not. He showed a lot of courage.

Rondo issued a statement on Twitter, expressing that his actions were "out of frustration and emotion" and that they "do not reflect" his "feelings toward the LGBT community."

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