Those statements are helpful, but they don’t do nearly as much as Kennedy did to address the underlying culture that fostered Rondo’s alleged epithets. Consider this: Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to announce he is gay back in 2013, but not one person has followed suit since. Major League Baseball has yet to have its first openly gay player.
Veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy announced that he’s gay days after Sacramento Kings star Rajon Rondo allegedly hurled a string of homophobic slurs at him while being ejected from a game.
“I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy told Yahoo Sports. “I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that [this] 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.” Read More..