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Rajon Rondo’s comments on use of anti-gay slur sound eerily familiar


Rajon Rondo on Monday posted a series of tweets in which he attempted to clarify or at least explain the circumstances surrounding the reports that he used anti-gay slurs when making comments to NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who has since come out in the wake of the controversy.

While the Sacramento Kings point guard is being roundly criticized for not literally apologizing for his actions — as is the NBA for only suspending him for one game — another issue has come to light in the aftermath of Rondo’s social media musings.

As first noted on Twitter by USA Today’s Sam Amick, Rondo’s comments are remarkably similar to what Kobe Bryant said in his statement after he similarly used an anti-gay slur during a tirade against NBA referee Bennie Adams in 2011.

Rondo’s tweets Monday were as follows:

And Bryant’s statement in the wake of his 2011 incident, via Pro Basketball Talk:

“What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”

While Rondo’s tweets are not a carbon copy of Bryant’s statement, the words are far too similar to pass off as mere coincidence, regardless of whether or not the tweets represent Rondo’s actual thoughts or were put together by his handlers.

In the end, as noted by PBT’s Dan Feldman, Bryant has since demonstrated remorse for the words he used, as evidenced by his vocal advocacy at times concerning issues involving the LBBT community.

It remains to be seen if Rondo follows Bryant’s lead in that manner as well.