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".

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  1. What happened:

  2. 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.
  3. “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)
  4. FULL -- female referee Lauren Holtkamp vs the Clippers Chris Paul -- 2.5.15 -- technical foul cavs
  5. The reactions:

  6. 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."
  7. Michele Roberts, the incoming executive director National Basketball Players Association, speaks at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Roberts, whose start date is Sept. 23, said basketball is 'more profitable than it has ever been,' and she expects league revenue to continue to grow from last years $5.5 billion. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
    Michele Roberts, the incoming executive director National Basketball Players Association, speaks at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Roberts, whose start date is Sept. 23, said basketball is 'more profitable than it has ever been,' and she expects league revenue to continue to grow from last years $5.5 billion. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. But the National Basketball Referees Association spoke out against Paul's comments and in support of Holtkamp, using the hashtag #shebelongs
  11. When asked about his comments to the referee, Paul said repeatedly, "Last night was about a bad call."
  12. The decision:

  13. On Saturday, the NBA fined Paul $25,000 for "public criticism of officiating".
  14. Paul, who is the president of the player's association, claims his comments were never meant to be sexist.
  15. 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.
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