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Rajon Rondo didn’t mean to offend with anti-gay slur but doesn’t apologize

Rajon Rondo didn’t mean to offend with anti-gay slur but doesn’t apologize

Sacramento Kings star Rajon Rondo, suspended for one game after hurling anti-gay slurs at NBA referee Bill Kennedy, has tweeted out a statement about the incident.

But he does not say he’s sorry.

‘I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone. My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period! They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community.’

During a game on 3 December, Kennedy had ejected Rondo and instead of leaving the court, the four-time NBA All Star stalked the referee and reportedly shouted at him: ‘You’re a motherf–king faggot…You’re a f–king faggot, Billy.’

Rondo, who had initially denied making the comments, will lose $86,300 in game salary because of the one game suspension. He makes $9.5 million per year.

Kennedy, an 18-year veteran of the league, did not mention Rondo or the incident when he came out publicly over the weekend.

‘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 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.’