Chris Paul criticizes female referee after Clippers tech fest “this might not be for her”
Refs can be real sensitive and the NBA can be even more sensitive when it comes to players criticizing refs during post-game interviews so you can bet that after Chris Paul’s criticism of first year/female referee Lauren Holtkamp last night, the league will be hitting him with a fine.
The Clippers,who lead the league in techs, were hit with 5 techs against the Cavs with 3 of them coming within a span of a minute which included a “ridiculous” one on Chris Paul.
“I think we have to show better composure but at the same time some of [the technical fouls] were ridiculous,” Chris Paul said. “The tech that I [got] right there was ridiculous. 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. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court and when we did that she said, ‘uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why, uh-uh?’ And she gave me a tech.” [...]
“That’s ridiculous,” Paul said. “If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”
Holtkamp also gave DeAndre Jordan a technical foul with 9:30 left in the third quarter after screaming for a foul following a dunk.
“I guess she thought I was talking to her,” Jordan said. “We talked about it. She said that she thought I was talking to her. She made a call and I talked to the other refs and they disagreed with it. Hopefully it will be rescinded. We’ll see.”
Matt Barnes, who leads the league in techs, was also ejected in the 3rd quarter for receiving a 2nd tech.
“It’s bulls—, it keeps happening,” Barnes said. “Some of these I earn and some of them I don’t, but it’s crazy to get a technical foul for pulling your arm away and a technical foul for saying, ‘Just don’t give them the game.’ If you can’t play with emotion, I don’t see how you can play.
“I guess it’s a reputation we’ve earned and it’s upon us to do a better job of trying to control our emotions, but you can’t play the game at this level without emotion and without talking. It’s tough but the refs had nothing to do with the way we came out and performed tonight.”
Back to the comments by Paul which so many people are finding controversial. Would people be acting this way if he was talking about a male ref and referred to him as “him?” I doubt it. If CP3 would have said something like “it must be that time of the month for her” then I would say it’s obviously a gender issue. But the only real issue I saw with Paul last night was him missing 10 of 14 shots in a loss.