NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a podcast on Yahoo Sports that Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo only received a one-game suspension for his anti-gay tirade against referee Bill Kennedy because a longer suspension may have outed the official (h/t to USA TODAY Sports):
“I was of the view that by making (the suspension) two games or three games, it would have been clear something else is going on here and not just what was apparent on TV,” Silver told Yahoo Sports in a podcast released on Wednesday. “In the back of my mind, I was concerned. It did not seem appropriated to me that I should — because of a bad act by Rajon Rondo — out (referee) Bill Kennedy.”
The incident between Rondo and Kennedy occurred on Dec. 3 in Mexico City. After Kennedy ejected Rondo, the point guard went after the official and yelled multiple anti-gay slurs in his direction.
Rondo offered up an initial “apology” on Twitter, but backlash to that led to him releasing a more official statement in which he apologized to Kennedy.
Rondo sat out the Kings’ victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.