NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out as gay in 2015, commented on the shootings in an emotional video.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out as gay in 2015, expressed his emotions in emotional video Tuesday about the weekend’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., that killed five and killed 17 people others were left with gunshot wounds.
The 41 second video was published on the NBA’s social media platforms.
“These kinds of heinous crimes, these heinous hate crimes have to stop in this country,” Kennedy said. “We, we as humans, have to find a way to do this and get it done. Best of luck to the LGBT community in Colorado Springs and abroad.”
Filming at Club Q took place on Saturday night. Shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces murder and hate crime charges. He is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday via video from prison.
It’s not the NBA’s first reaction to the incident. Speaking earlier this week, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone called it “another pointless mass shooting.” The Nuggets also observed a minute’s silence before Tuesday night’s home game against Detroit.
The victims were Raymond Green Vance, 22; Ashley Paugh, 35; Daniel Aston, 28; Kelly-Loving, 40; and Derrick Rump, 38.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to the victims and their families and offer my sincere condolences to those who were at Club Q this past weekend,” Kennedy said.
In 25 seasons, Kennedy has officiated nearly 1,500 regular season and playoff games.
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