Refs union backs female ref after Paul's 'personal' comments

In this Jan. 9. 2015, file photo, referee Lauren Holtkamp makes a call during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles. Clippers guard Chris Paul was critical of Holtkamp following the Clippers' 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday night, Feb. 5, 2015 Paul was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by Holtkamp, who worked with officials Ken Mauer and Eric Lewis. Los Angeles was given five technicals--four in the third quarter, three of them in a 52-second span. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
In this Jan. 9. 2015, file photo, referee Lauren Holtkamp makes a call during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the National Basketball Referees Association is defending official Lauren Holtkamp after “personal and unprofessional comments” by Clippers guard Chris Paul.
Paul was critical of Holtkamp after the Clippers’ 105-94 loss in Cleveland on Thursday. He received a technical foul from one of the league’s two active female officials, for reasoning he later called “ridiculous.”
Paul, who is president of the NBA Players Association, added: “If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”
The 34-year-old Holtkamp is in her first full season as an NBA referee.
The referees’ union says it reviewed the calls made by Holtkamp and “deems them fully justified.” General counsel Lee Seham says in a statement the union “deplores the personal and unprofessional comments made by Chris Paul. She belongs.”
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