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Kings’ Rajon Rondo says ‘I am truly sorry’ through prepared statement

NBA referee Bill Kennedy (55) talks with Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
NBA referee Bill Kennedy (55) talks with Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings point guard Rajon Rondo, who will serve a one-game suspension during tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena, issued a statement through the team on Tuesday afternoon regarding his anti-gay remarks to NBA referee Bill Kennedy during a Dec. 3 game in Mexico City.

On Monday morning Kennedy announced publicly that he is gay.

“Yesterday, I said that my words toward Bill Kennedy were unacceptable and did not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community,” Rondo said in the statement. “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.”

Rondo is not available to the media and banned from the arena while serving his suspension.

While Kings general manager Vlade Divac and team principal owner Vivek Ranadive expressed their regret for Rondo’s remarks Monday, the player did not speak to reporters after practice and only responded through a Twitter post.

“My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period!” Rondo tweeted. “They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone.”

In his first season with the Kings, Rondo leads the NBA with 11 assists per game while averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac talks to reporters about comments made by guard Rajon Rondo on Dec. 3 in Mexico City.

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, said he's trying to keep his team focused while dealing with allegations the team's starting point guard Rajon Rondo used anti-gay slurs against NBA referee Bill Kennedy, leading to Rond

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