After we learned yesterday of Rajon Rondo's comments, it was even more disappointing that Rondo did not speak to the media after practice and merely issued the following statement on Twitter.
My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period!— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 14, 2015
They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone.— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 14, 2015
Those words were not enough, especially since they didn't contain any form of apology. Fortunately, Rondo came out with a stronger statement today.
"Yesterday, I said that my words toward Bill Kennedy were unacceptable and did not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. Some have interpreted my comments as a non-apology. I want to be clear, from the bottom of my heart that I am truly sorry for what I said to Bill. There is no place on or off the court for language that disrespects anyone's sexual orientation. That is not who I am or what I believe and I will strive every day to be a better person."
This apology doesn't make what Rondo said right or even make up for the lack of contrition showed yesterday, but I hope it is sincere and that this is an experience Rondo will learn from, as indicated by the last line in his statement.