It’s hard to find anyone who is surprised at the homophobic slur thrown by Rajon Rondo at referee Bill Kennedy. That word gets thrown around entirely too casually in NBA locker rooms (and around professional sports all together).
Gregg Popovich summed it up beautifully, asked about the incident by Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
“Why would I be surprised? You see it all the time. It’s unfortunate, it’s disgusting, because Billy is a great guy, and has been a class act on and off the court. As far as anybody’s sexual orientation, it’s nobody’s business. It just shows ignorance to act in a derogatory way toward anybody in the LGBT community. It doesn’t make sense. But surprised, of course not. He showed a lot of courage.”
Rondo issued a statement on Twitter about the incident saying, “I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone.” Of course, if you call anyone a “M***** F******* F*****” you absolutely did intend to offend and disrespect them, that’s the point of choosing those words. Heat of the moment or not.
Popovich speaks for a lot of us on this one.