On December 11th, the NBA announced that Rajon Rondo had been suspended one game for an incident that they defined as "directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner". The timing of the incident, a full week after the announced suspension, left everyone wondering what exactly happened that night in Mexico City, and I’ll let the following report by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski give you the details.
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------- f****t. … You're a f------ f****t, Billy."
Wojnarowski went on to report that Rajon Rondo told the league that he didn’t make those comments, however neither Rondo nor his spokesman would make a comment to Wojnarowski for his report.
This is depressing news on a lot of levels, some of which require much heavier analysis then we have time to delve into right now, but I thought it was important to get this information out there. It’s an incredibly bad look for Rajon Rondo and the Sacramento Kings. They deserve to be punished for it.
On a personal level, I was one of those who criticized the NBA for taking a week to announce this. I also questioned what Rondo could possible say to Kennedy considering all of the other things players can and do say about other players, media members, or officials that go suspensionless, but I was wrong here. Until Rondo comes forward with an apology, a statement, or something, this is going to follow the Kings.
You just cannot do what Rajon Rondo did. It’s that simple.