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Top NBA referee Bill Kennedy comes out as gay after being subjected to homophobic slurs - Australia Gay News Network

20 December 2015 | glrfcentral
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Bill Kennedy, a veteran referee of the NBA, has come out as gay. “I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy said.

“I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are."

Kennedy has worked as a NBA referee for 18 seasons.

His announcement comes in the wake of being subject to homophobic slurs by a player, Rajon Rondo of the Sacramento Kings.

Rondo was suspended and has since offered an apology.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement supporting Kennedy.

"I wholeheartedly support Bill's decision to live his life proudly and openly," Silver said.

"Throughout his 18-year career with the league, Bill has excelled as a referee because of his passion, dedication and courage. Those qualities will continue to serve him well both as a game official and as a positive influence for others. While our league has made great progress, our work continues to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity."

 

Author Reg Domingo

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