Top NBA referee Bill Kennedy reveals he is gay

December 15, 2015
NBA referee Bill Kennedy (55) has told Yahoo Sports he is gay after Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo directed a gay slur at him during a game. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A veteran NBA referee announced that he is indeed gay two weeks after an NBA player hurled homophobic insults at him during a game.


Bill Kennedy, 55, was officiating at a game between the Kings and Boston Celtcs in Mexico on December 3, when he ejected a player on two technical fouls.


The player, Rajon Rondo then called Kennedy a ”mother——- faggot,” a statement which has earned him a one-game suspension from the NBA.


“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 told Yahoo Sports on Monday.


When Kennedy made his big announcement to the world yesterday, Rondo took to Twitter to announce that his homophobic comments were out of frustration.


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


According to Forbes Online, "Rondo is the third player to be disciplined for saying anti-gay slurs on the court, but the first one to be suspended."



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