NBA Referee Bill Kennedy Reveals He Is Gay After Rajon Rondo’s Alleged Slur

December 14th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

NBA referee Bill Kennedy revealed he is gay in a report published Monday by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski (Warning: NSFW language).

According to Kennedy, Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo leveled an anti-gay slur after being ejected from the team's December 3 game in Mexico City against the Boston Celtics.

Kennedy also spoke about his decision to come out publicly, per Wojnarowski: "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."

Rondo was suspended one game for his conduct and refusal to leave the court immediately after Kennedy, 49, assessed him consecutive technical fouls in the aforementioned contest. Other game officials witnessed Rondo's unsavory antics.

The NBA conducted an investigation on the incident involving Rondo and Kennedy; National Basketball Referee's Association general counsel Lee Seham provided Wojnarowski with the official report filed by Kennedy and his c ...

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