Talk about overreaction. The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul $25,000 for his public criticism of rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp. Paul had some choice words for Holtkamp’s technical foul given to him during the Clippers Thursday night tilt with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After the game Paul had this to say about Holtkamp:
“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.”
The NBA did send a message by fining Paul such a large amount–a wrong message at that. I hate to state the obvious here, but does the league hand out a similar fine if Paul is sounding off about Joey Crawford or the king of incompetence himself, Tony Brothers? No shot.
If the league wants to treat female refs equally then they can’t do what they just did to Paul. The Clippers b*tch about every call, it’s what they do. Assigning a rookie ref to a prime time game with notorious cry babies (LeBron James, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan) is a disaster waiting to happen.
No doubt Paul should have used a better choice of words, but the league should have used a better choice of referees.