i always wondering what referees have to deal with on the court.
its no secret baller wolves be cursin’ them completely out.
what if one was openly gay?
and all the baller wolves knew?
i’m sure that would make it easy to get slick at the mouth.
well that’s what happened to bill kennedy,
a gay referee in the nba.
he got the “f” bomb dropped on him by a baller wolf and well…
Bill Kennedy, one of the NBA’s top referees, has revealed he is gay.
“I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. “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’s announcement comes in the wake of the NBA’s suspension of Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo, who game officials, including Kennedy, heard unleash a disturbing torrent of anti-gay slurs following his ejection from a game on Dec. 3 in Mexico City.
After Kennedy, 49, ejected Rondo with consecutive technical fouls in a Kings loss to the Boston Celtics, Rondo defied league protocol to immediately leave the court and began stalking Kennedy, who had retreated to a far sideline of the floor.
In the game officials’ report used as part of the NBA’s investigation – which includes details provided to Yahoo Sports from National Basketball Referee’s Association general counsel Lee Seham – Kennedy and fellow referee Ben Taylor described Rondo’s post-ejection diatribe as including the statements: “You’re a mother——- faggot. … You’re a f—— faggot, Billy.”
Seham reported that a third official, Bennie Adams, outside of hearing distance, “affirmed that Rondo aggressively pursued referee Bill Kennedy and had to be restrained by teammates and escorted off the floor by Sacramento team security.”
The three officials – Kennedy, Taylor and Adams – confirmed those reports in taped interviews conducted by NBA security on Dec. 4, Seham said.
Seham told Yahoo Sports: “The NBA referees stand by Bill Kennedy for the job he does and who he is. We stand against bigotry in all its forms.”
In suspending Rondo on Friday, the NBA issued a statement saying that he had been punished for “directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner.”
speaking of the “f” bomb,
getting the “f” bomb dropped on you is bound to happen in this life.
there are plenty of straight hyenas with no filter.
hell there are gay ones who call each other that as an insult.
so if someone called you the “f” word…
How would you react?
is it bad to say it doesn’t bother me as it once did?
maybe thats a bad thing?
as a blogger,
and a gay one at that,
i had to get thick fur and really quick.
not everyone i post about will respond nicely.
even if i have good intentions with the entry,
some pineapples are still insecure and extremely homophobic.
and possible foreshadow towards their karma,
destroy how i feel about myself.
oh and rajon apologized for his behavior towards bill.
lowkey: thanks to the f-bi who sent me in this story.