A whole buncha stuff about NBA referee Bill Kennedy

Posted by B-PAUL on May 19, 2010 at 3:12 PM



A few hours before last night's game between the Celtics and Magic I learned that Bill Kennedy would be one of the three referees on the crew. Over the past few years, more specifically during the "Big Three Era", Kennedy has been one of the worst referees in eyes of Celtics fans. Whether it be hatred towards Doc Rivers, Wyc Grousbeck, or the Celtics as a whole I always knew that when Kennedy was refereeing a Celtics game the guys in green would get no favors from the guys in stripes.


Finally on May 10th I received an explanation as to why Bill Kennedy has been haunting the Celtics since the Big Three era. The explanation came from former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who was a special guest on The Celtics Late Night Show. The night before we had Donaghy on the show I sat down at my desk for over an hour thinking of quality questions to ask Donaghy when he came on the show. One of those questions was regarding the relationship between Kennedy and the Celtics. I can honestly say I didn’t expect the answer that I received from Tim.


Via Celtics Late Night Show:


Me: One of the referees I've been annoyed with over the years is Bill Kennedy, every time he has a Celtics game I almost know that we're not getting calls. Is his relationships with Doc Rivers or the Celtics organization as a whole something you know about?


Donaghy: That's a difficult question for me to answer because I certainly don't want to offend anybody... I'm just gonna come out and say it like it is. It's no secret on the staff that Bill Kennedy is a homosexual... I don't have any ill will towards gays or lesbians, but it was no secret that he's a homosexual. It was known around the league, it was obvious during a game Doc Rivers questioned his sexual orientation and I think that has stuck with Kennedy over the years and he has no love for Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics


At first many people probably just disregarded this quote because it is coming from a guy who served time in a federal prison for illegally betting on NBA games. I on the other hand put two and two together and realized that maybe this is the case.


First I looked back to March 2009 when Doc received one of the most unwarranted ejections in the history of the NBA. Kennedy tossed Rivers for simply saying, "What?" after Kennedy starred him down for 10+ seconds while Doc was walking away. Then I look at pictures of Kennedy and although I'm not homophobic in any way I have to question Kennedy's actions and attire. His XXXS zebra shirt is enough in itself to question his sexuality.



Whether Donaghy's claim is true or not I was very interested to see the interactions between Doc Rivers and Bill Kennedy in last night's game. I had my pen and paper ready to take notes on all the bad calls that Kennedy sent the Celtics way. I expected my hand to hurt by the second quarter from writing so much but much to my surprise I only had two bad calls written down at the end of the first quarter.


Those two calls were countered by just as many bad calls against the Magic. He called an unwarranted foul on Vince Carter and then an even more unwarranted technical foul after Carter was watching the replay of the play at the scorer's table. At this point in time I was completely in awe. Not only was Kennedy a horrible ref for the Celtics; he was a horrible ref in general. Kennedy and his crew tried their best to get all eyes at Amway Arena and on national television on them.


As a result of this one of the top social networking sites, Twitter, completely blew up with tweets about Kennedy's horrible officiating. Instead of doing my log of bad calls against the Celtics I quickly decided to switch gears and keep a log of the best tweets involving search tag, "Bill Kennedy".


Here are the top five:


SherrodbCSN: "OK. I can live with XXXL a.k.a. Bill Kennedy's too tight gear. But these calls ... brutal, man. Brutal. #Celtics benefiting from bad calls."


RedsArmy: "Hey.... maybe Bill Kennedy is just a bad ref and he doesn't just hate the C's"


KWAPT: "Hey Orlando, welcome to Bill Kennedy's world. We have been there many times. Enjoy."


SportsGuy33: "NBA officials were terrific in Round 2. Atrocious last night. And tonight? Bill Kennedy reffing a Celtics game. So much for ref momentum."


Tortacular: "I don't know who Bill Kennedy is, but he's kind of a crummy ref."


Final Thoughts: Whether or not Bill Kennedy is a homosexual, or if he holds a grudge against Doc Rivers for questioning his sexual orientation, it is pretty clear that he is a horrible ref no matter what game he is refereeing.

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Reply North Station Sports
7:27 AM on May 20, 2010 
You are correct. Kennedy is a poor ref regardless of his orientation. If Kennedy is gay, it has nothing to do w his poor officiating style. I couldn't care less if he is gay or straight because regardless, he is one of the poorest straight/gay refs in the league. IF.....IF Donaghy was correct and Kennedy does hold a grudge against Doc for making homophobic remarks towards him, shame on Doc. More importantly, if this is true, Kennedy and doc have a personal vendetta against one another and should never be matched up in a playoffs game.
Reply North Station Sports
7:32 AM on May 20, 2010 
One more thought.... there are (100 percent) gay players in the NBA. They are certainly "in-the-closet." If Kennedy knows who they are, should he be allowed to officiate games w closeted gay players in it? Would he favor homosexual players?

I say no.

There is no reason to believe that Kennedy's orientation would have any effect on the out-come of a game. The doc situation aside (if it's true), who Kennedy sleep's with should have no relevance on his officiating style or assignments

This is a slippery slope. Leave it to Tim to open a can of worms. lol.
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9:34 PM on February 19, 2011 
This is crap about Bill Kennedy. I grew up in the same community as Bill - Phooenix. He ref'd baseball, basketball, and football in my community. He was a outstanding member of the community and he was devoted to his girlfriend and family. All of this is crazy talk about his being guy. Maybe the play calls were bad, but nobody is perfect. The gay smear is just plan wrong. Boston is better than this, and Boston fans are more dignified than this in spreading this trash about. Challenging his calls is fine. Just keep it about the belt.
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