December 15, 2015
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Official Bill Kennedy #55 looks on during an NBA game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on November 3, 2015 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo has offered a stronger apology for directing a gay slur at veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy.

Rondo said Monday his actions toward Kennedy on Dec. 3 were out of frustration and not meant to offend anyone.

Rondo issued a statement Tuesday addressing those who viewed his initial statement as a non-apology. He said: ''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.''

Kennedy told Yahoo Sports he is gay.

Rondo is serving a one-game suspension.

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