Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, GM Vlade Divac distance team from Rondo’s use of slur
The Sacramento Kings can’t back away from this fast enough.
Moments after Rajon Rondo took to Twitter to “apologize” — that wasn’t an apology — the team’s owner and general manager released statements trying to distance the organization from the controversy.
First up, Kings’ owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé.
“Rajon’s comment is not reflective of the culture of the Sacramento Kings organization or the world we want to live in,” Ranadivé said. “He’s apologized, and has been suspended by the NBA. On behalf of the team, I apologize to Bill Kennedy for any harm this may have caused.”
If Rondo apologized to Kennedy, it was done privately. Again, read what he tweeted, that is not an apology but a defense.
GM Vlade Divac — who has to be tired of putting out fires — said this.
“Rajon’s comment was disrespectful and offensive, and we wholeheartedly disapprove of any language that discriminates or disparages others based on sexual orientation or anything else,” Divac said. “Rajon has apologized, and this is not the sort of behavior we condone nor is it representative of the Sacramento Kings organization.”
I have no doubt the Kings will do some charity/awareness events and functions with the LGBT community in Sacramento in the coming months.