After people had picked up on Rajon Rondo’s apology not actually being an apology, he issued a second one today. This is the content of what he released to the press:
“Yesterday, I said my words toward Bill Kennedy were unacceptable and did not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community,” Rondo said. “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.”
The apology for the sorry apology, at least, contains the word “sorry”, so there’s that.
What is interesting here is that even though it does apologize, it still comes with a qualifier–that the “some” who “have interpreted” his comments as a non-apology are the ones who necessitated it. It’s not Rondo’s fault that he didn’t apologize in his firs apology. It’s everyone who didn’t read his non-apology as an apology. It’s an apology with an accusation.
While the new apology also contains the words “from the bottom of my heart” and “truly sorry,” they don’t contain any reflection on why him doing what he did was wrong and give the vibe that in spite of his protestation that it’s not who he is or what he believes.
Which all ignores that it is what he did.