NBA veteran referee announces he's gay after Rondo slur

Photo credit: ESPN

Photo credit: ESPN

On Dec. 3, in a tilt against the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo belted out several slurs toward NBA veteran referee Bill Kennedy. Rondo called him a "faggot" several times after being ejected in the third quarter of the game.

However, days later, Kennedy did in fact announce that he was homosexual. Kennedy would mark the second NBA referee to come out in the last two years.

The reason for the escalation between Rondo and Kennedy stemmed from Rondo's misconduct during free throws from Celtics forward Jae Crowder. Rondo approached Kennedy after the first technical and then yelled derogatory slurs toward Kennedy. The referee then issued a second technical, which ejected Rondo from the second half of the game.

Watch the video of the altercation below:

On Monday, Rondo apologized on Twitter for his slurs toward Kennedy.

Rondo faced a one game suspension from the NBA for his misconduct. Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement to address the situation.

"I wholeheartedly support Bill's decision to live is life proudly and openly," Silver said. "While our league has made great progress, our work continues to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity."

In his 18-year career thus far, Kennedy has worked more than 1,100 NBA games, to include 68 playoff games and five Finals games.