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Were Chris Paul’s Comments About A Female Referee Sexist?

Submitted by on February 6, 2015 – 5:11 pmNo Comment
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Chris Paul is under fire for his comments regarding female official Lauren Holtkamp. Holtkamp called a technical foul on Paul, one of five that were handed out during the game, during the Clippers’ 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I think we have to show better composure, but at the same time some of [the technical fouls] were ridiculous,” Paul said. “The tech that I get 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. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”

Being critical of referees is not a new development in the NBA. However, Paul’s statement that “this might not be for her” has drawn the ire of pundits and hoops fans across the country. But did Paul mean to be sexist?

Honestly? It doesn’t matter. Whether he meant to or not, he offended Holtkamp, whom the league said made the right call, and should have kept his comments to himself. To suggest that Holtkamp was gunning for him was wrong considering that the Clippers have led the league in technical fouls in two of the last three years. The league backs Holtkamp but it appears that the Clippers are going to have to clean up their mess as this is something that may affect Chris Paul’s character.

The context of his quote can be perceived that he believes officiating isn’t meant for women. Even if he didn’t mean it to come off as offensive, it did. And that’s what matters.

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