Chris Paul Criticizes Female Referee
With 10:17 left in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Paul received a technical foul from female referee Lauren Holtkamp. This caused Paul to cause havoc on the floor. He was still angry after the game. He had this to say in his full post-game quote:
“I think we’ve got to show better composure, but at the same time some of ‘em was ridiculous. Like the tech I got right there was ridiculous. I don’t care what nobody say, I don’t care what she say, that’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a technical. We try to get the ball out quick every time down the court and when we did that she said ‘Uh-uh (no)’ and I said ‘Why uh-uh?’ and she gave me a tech. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case then this might not be for her.”
“Her”, That is the pronoun that has caused many people on social media to come to the referee’s defense. People are stirring up the thought of Paul acting sexist against only one of the two female referees in the NBA. To provide a little background of Holtkamp, she was promoted from the NBA Development League this season. This isn’t the only problem the Clippers have had with Holtkamp, they had another problem with her in Miami. The technical fouls kept coming, as they received a total of five technical fouls and one ejection in three quarters of play.
Expect a fine from the league given to Chris Paul, not because of him criticizing a female referee, but because he criticized a referee in general.