When more than a week passed between the ejection of Rajon Rondo from a game against the Boston Celtics and a subsequent one-game suspension for the Sacramento Kings point guard, there were questions about what exactly happened. And a report Monday revealed new alleged details about the altercation between Rondo and NBA official Bill Kennedy that can only be described as ugly.
Yahoo! Sports reports that after receiving two technical fouls, Rondo "began stalking" Kennedy before using the same homosexual slur twice:
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."
And in the wake of the Rondo incident, Kennedy revealed to Yahoo! Sports that he is gay, saying that he is proud to be an NBA referee and 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."
The report explains in part the delay between the event and Rondo's suspension, as the league "had two independent experts review the tapes of the confrontation," which is standard procedure in such cases, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Previous instances of anti-gay language had resulted in fines. Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 for comments directed toward a fan in 2011, and Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 in the same year for comments following an ejection.
Kennedy joins official Violet Palmer as NBA refs who have publicly revealed they are gay. Kennedy is in his 18th season as an NBA official.