Clippers point guard Chris Paul calls out female referee
After Paul received a technical foul from referee Lauren Holtkamp, he claimed her call was "ridiculous".
- The Los Angeles Clippers had a tough night against the Cavaliers on Thursday, losing the game 105-94. The team received five technical fouls throughout the game, including one against Chris Paul by first-year female referee Lauren Holtkamp.
- “The tech that I got right there was ridiculous,” Paul said. “I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a tech. … That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her. (USA Today Sports)
- Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, made a statement after the incident saying that any implication that Chris Paul is sexist and "would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false."
- Some people, including San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon, stood by Paul's statements, defending him and suggesting that his comments had nothing to do with gender.
- Others believe that Paul's comments were justified because the referee is a rookie, not because his comments had anything to do with Holtkamp being female.
- But the National Basketball Referees Association spoke out against Paul's comments and in support of Holtkamp, using the hashtag #shebelongs
- When asked about his comments to the referee, Paul said repeatedly, "Last night was about a bad call."
- On Saturday, the NBA fined Paul $25,000 for "public criticism of officiating".
- Paul, who is the president of the player's association, claims his comments were never meant to be sexist.
- According to The Washington Post, the bigger issue at hand might be the fact that the Clippers are constantly in trouble for fouls. Before Thursday, the Clippers averaged the second-most technical fouls, behind the Phoenix Suns. Now the Clippers lead the way.