In What's Been A Year Filled With Inclusiveness, NBA Ref Comes Out
NBA Referee Bill Kennedy announced he's gay, continuing the 2015 trend of breaking down barriers of inclusiveness in the world of sports.By Grant Suneson | December 14, 2015
In a year full of firsts for the sports world, one of the NBA's top officials has come out as gay.
Bill Kennedy told Yahoo: "I am proud to be a gay man. 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."
Earlier in the month, Kennedy received verbal abuse from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo, who repeatedly hurled gay slurs at Kennedy after he was ejected from a game.