You Can’t Do That, Rajon Rondo

It hasn’t been a good time to be Rajon Rondo.

In a game against the Boston Celtics on December 3, in Mexico City, the Sacramento Kings point guard became quite displeased when he was ejected with two consecutive technical fouls by referee BIll Kennedy.

Being as his night was finished, he should have retreated to the locker room. Instead, he decided to let loose a flurry of slurs towards Kennedy, including the statements, “You’re a mother——- faggot. … You’re a f—— faggot, Billy.” Rondo had to be restrained by teammates and escorted off the court by team security.

According to the game officials’ report that was part of the NBA’s investigation into the incident, one of the other officials, Bennie Adams, Rondo “aggressively pursued referee Bill Kennedy.”

In the social climate that we live in today, Rondo absolutely has to know that saying what he said is a huge no-no. It doesn’t matter how frustrated you get, as he claimed on Twitter.

The fact of the matter is, no matter if Rondo try to deny it or not about what was said, he is opening up himself to some serious public shaming. He might not care, but if that’s the case, then he still had to apologize anyway.

Then, to make things not easier, he had to apologize again.

Being a celebrity, professional athlete, or some other famous figure, will only magnify one’s flaws and mistakes one-hundred fold. The internet is littered with the faux pas of both celebrities and regular people (is that term offensive to celebrities?) that are forever remembered through the TMZs, Gawkers, and Radar Onlines of the world, their stories being shared and liked and tweeted endlessly.

Oh, and nevermind the fact that Rondo said it on the court of an NBA regular season game, where there are many people either on, or close to, the court, thousands of people in the stands, and cameras and microphones stationed everywhere.

It’s not like the NBA hasn’t faced an incident like this before. During the 2011 playoffs, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was given a $50,000 fine for using a slur towards a fan. In that same season, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was given a cool $100,000 fine for using a slur towards a referee.

For his part, Kennedy, a veteran referee of 18 NBA seasons, the 2010 FIBA world championships, and the 2012 Olympics, revealed after the incident that he is gay.

So, at least that part of the story is amazing and beautiful.

Image Credits: Aaron Frutman (Flickr)

Author: Joseph Ruscitti

I'm a 30-something year old part-time blogger, part-time small business owner, and part-time human.

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