Rajon Rondo Gives Formal Apology to Bill Kennedy
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo was suspended as a result of his behavior during the Kings-Celtics game on December 3 in Mexico City. Midway through the third quarter in the game, NBA referee Bill Kennedy ejected Rondo for repeated technical fouls which resulted to the Kings’ guard hurling anti-gay slurs to referee Kennedy. In an official statement released by NBA press it stated that the words Rondo hurled toward referee Bill Kennedy are “derogatory and offensive”. In addition, Rondo did not leave the court in a timely manner.
On Monday the NBA star turned to Twitter to address his actions during the game saying “My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period!” he twitted, “They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone.”
Despite his tweets, Rondo was still widely criticized for not making an effort to talk to reporters and not offering any apology to Kennedy. On this note, Rajon Rondo gives formal apology to Bill Kennedy on Tuesday.
“Yesterday, I said that my words toward Bill Kennedy were unacceptable and did not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community,” Rondo said in a statement. “Some have interpreted my comments as a non-apology. I want to be clear, from the bottom of my heart that I am truly sorry for what I said to Bill. There is no place on or off the court for language that disrespects anyone’s sexual orientation. That is not who I am or what I believe and I will strive every day to be a better person.”
Even if Rajon Rondo has already given his formal apology to Bill Kennedy, he still served a one-game suspension when the Sacramento Kings played against the Houston Rockets. This was the first missed game of Rondo for the season.