The Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul was fined $25,000 on Saturday by the NBA for his comments regarding a female referee.
The 29-year-old point guard was upset with a technical foul called by Lauren Holtkamp during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game which the Clippers lost, when he told reporters after the game that “this might not be for her,” the Washington Post reported.
This might not be for her.
His comment sparked a significant amount of criticism from those who perceived his commentary as a stab at the ref’s gender.
Holtkamp is one of two full-time female referees in the NBA.
The NBA’s recently issued fine came arbitrary of gender, as ESPN‘s Marc Stein indicated that the league issued the standard fine associated with criticizing a referee in a public forum.
Paul clarified that his remarks were merely a critique of “a bad call” which had nothing to do with Holtkamp’s gender.
Chris, who was born Christopher Emmanuel Paul in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been married to Jada Crawley since 2011. He has two children, Christopher Emmanuel Paul II and Camryn Alexis Paul.
CBS Sports referred to Lauren as a “rookie NBA referee” in a report which quoted Paul as having said after the game that the “tech I got was ridiculous” in regards to to the technical foul called by the referee.
The tech I got was ridiculous (…) That’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a technical. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court. When we did that, she said, ‘Uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why uh-uh?’ and she gave me a technical. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.
The Clippers lost to the Cavaliers 105-94 on Thursday.
What do you think of Paul’s remarks and the $25,000 fine imposed by the league?