On the NBA Beat Ep. 10b: Rondo’s Mishandling of Bill Kennedy Incident, Combating Homophobia in the NBA

Last week, longtime NBA referee Bill Kennedy publicly announced that he was gay three days after Rajon Rondo was suspended for twice directing a homophobic slur at Kennedy. Before closing out with some Wizards discussion, this episode primarily focuses on how the Kings point guard badly mishandled the Kennedy incident. 

The hosts contend that, although the incident was ugly and regrettable, once Rondo used the derogatory term, he had a chance to make things right but instead took on a series of disappointing missteps: 1.) On at least a few occasions, the 29-year-old veteran denied to investigators that he even used the term, which was later confirmed by independent audiologists hired by the NBA. 2.) One day before releasing an apology statement on Dec. 16, Rondo fired off two ill-conceived tweets that were effectively non-apologies (3) According to reports, as of press time, Rondo has yet to personally apologize to Kennedy outside of the statement he released.      

Articles on Rondo-Kennedy referenced in the discussion: Sam Amick’s column for USA Today
Ben Golliver’s Sports Illustrated piece
Music: “Who Likes to Party?” by Kevin MacLeod