Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul lashed out at a rookie female referee in the aftermath of a loss last night.
Speaking after his Clippers side were comfortably beaten by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul slammed the official for giving him a technical foul that he didn't agree with during the third quarter.
The Clippers were called for four techs in the space of just three minutes of play, five in total, with the last one seeing Matt Barnes be ejected from the game. Paul wasn't too happy and decided to take his frustrations out on the female official.
"NBA Not For Her"
"I think we have to show better composure, but at the same time some of [the technical fouls] were ridiculous," Paul started according to ESPN, becoming more irate with every word.
"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."
Lauren Holtkamp was the official who blew the technical on Paul, while she also T'ed up his Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.
"That's ridiculous. If that's the case, this might not be for her." - Chris Paul on female referee Lauren Holtkamp.
Before working for the NBA, Holtkamp had six seasons of NBA Development League experience, including work in the 2013 and 2014 D-League Finals. She also has refereed in the WNBA, college and FIBA ranks and is currently in her first season as a full time NBA official.
Ken Mauer called both the technicals that Barnes received, the first of which was for pulling at Kevin Love's arm, which was very debatable. The second was obvious though as Barnes reacted angrily to a call and started yelling at Mauer while having to be physically restrained.
Barnes was mad after the game too with the 34-year old going off on a rant of his own.
"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."
It is worth noting that the Clippers currently lead the NBA with 58 technical fouls called on them this season. Something tells me it may not be the refs fault, despite how much Paul and Barnes want to place the blame at their feet.
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