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Kings’ Rajon Rondo Suspended for Using Anti-Gay Slurs Toward Ref

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SACRAMENTO–

Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended by the NBA Monday for his use of anti-gay slurs toward veteran referee Bill Kennedy.

Kennedy revealed earlier Monday that he is a gay man.

Rondo reportedly used several gay slurs toward Kennedy after being ejected from a game against the Boston Celtics Dec. 3 in Mexico City.

“My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period!” Rondo tweeted Monday afternoon. “They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone.”

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said Rondo’s comments do not reflect “the culture of the Sacramento Kings organization or the world we want to live in.”

Rondo was suspended for one game.

“Rajon’s comment was disrespectful and offensive, and we wholeheartedly disapprove of any language that discriminates or disparages others based on sexual orientation or anything else,” Kings Vice President of Basketball Vlade Divac wrote.

Coach George Karl acknowledged the controversy at practice Monday, saying it was a “distraction” for the team.