If you want to be seen as a progressive league, you have to walk the walk.
The NBA didn’t in the case of Rajon Rondo‘s use of a gay slur to referee Bill Kennedy, who has since come out as gay. This is a terrible look for the league, and the one-game suspension Rondo was given now looks soft. Adam Silver and team missed the mark here. For too long they have let players and coaches get away with what at times can be verbal abuse of referees — we don’t want to take the emotion out of the game, and players will get mad with officials, but there needs to be a line.
Rondo crossed it and got what amounted to a slap on the wrist.
For a league very concerned about its image — remember it was words that got Donald Sterling in hot water, not decades of wretched ownership — they missed the mark on this one. But now they can’t go back and change it.