NBA Referee Called A “Fu**ing Faggot” By Player Comes Out To Combat Homophobia In Sports

An NBA referee has decided to come out as gay following an on-court incident involving a player repeatedly calling him a “faggot.”

Bill Kennedy began his career as a referee in the NBA in the 1995-96 season and has refrained from going public with being gay until now, but after a verbal spout with Rajon Rondo (pictured above) of the Sacramento Kings, felt it was his time to speak up.

In a statement to Yahoo Sports, Kennedy said:

“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.”

Kennedy ejected Rondo from a game on December 3rd for back-to-back technical fouls, but Rondo remained on the court, reportedly “stalking Kennedy.”

Then, according to Yahoo Sports Rondo told Kennedy: “You’re a mother-fucking faggot. … You’re a fucking faggot, Billy.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also provided a statement:

“I wholeheartedly support Bill’s decision to live his life proudly and openly. 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.”

Rondo was suspended for one game by the NBA “for directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.”

He took to Twitter to offer a pseudo-apology:

My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period!

— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 14, 2015

They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone.

— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 14, 2015

Source:: Queerty

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