NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who has 18 years of service in the league, has revealed he is gay. The announcement, coming via an interview with Yahoo Sports, comes on the heels of an on-court exchange with Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo on December 3rd. The former Celtics guard was ejected by Kennedy, and then unleashed multiple anti-gay slurs specifically directed towards the official.
Rondo had to be restrained by his teammates as he berated Kennedy, but he was unsatisfied with just his insults. Instead of leaving the court, Rondo defied league protocol by staying on the sideline and stalking Kennedy. Rondo was suspended last week for one game.
In the interview, Kennedy said he made the announcement because he was “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 is known as a strange case in the NBA, but he completely lost his cool on Kennedy. As you can see from multiple angles, even his own Kings teammates knew that Rondo was taking things too far. Without Rondo the Kings eventually lost the game to the Celtics, 114-97.