In comments to reporters before a Spurs game against the Utah Jazz, which referee Bill Kennedy -- the man at the center of the controversy -- was officiating, Popovich said he sees such behavior from players all the time, according to a Yahoo report.
Popovich called it "unfortunate" and "disgusting," while praising Bill Kennedy as a "class act." He also said that a person's sexual orientation is no one's business, and that using a derogatory term toward someone in the LGBT community is an ignorant thing to do. But he wasn't surprised, he said.
Rajon Rondo took to Twitter to offer a semi-apology of sorts, although at no point did he say he was sorry.
"My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period!" he wrote. "They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone."
Most seem to believe Rondo knew Kennedy's sexual orientation and used the term because of that. Kennedy's sexual orientation has apparently been an open secret for many years.