Walt Frazier was an excellent player for the New York Knicks in the 1970's, but unfortunately it seems he is stuck in that era.
The former All-Star point guard has found himself at the center of a sexism storm after making some potentially inappropriate comments about NBA referee Lauren Holtkamp.
Frazier was working in his job as the New York Knicks color commentator when conversation turned to Holtkamp, the only female official in the league. The 69-year old may wish he had just kept his mouth shut than said what he did.
Lead commentator Mike Breen started about talking Holtkamp having impressed during her first season as an official in the league. The only thing Frazier had to say was that the 34-year old was "nice looking."
Breen was clearly embarrassed by his colleague’s comment and replied with “No, no, no, no” in an attempt to prevent him from saying anything else, but it hasn’t stopped the backlash with Frazier’s comment described as inappropriate and out of touch.
Mike Breen: “They’re really impressed with her.”
Walt Frazier: “Yeah, she’s nice-looking.”
Mike Breen: “No, no, no, no.”
It seems that people are certainly split over this situation and what should happen. Frazier certainly should be made to apologize for his comments, there's no doubt about that.
In all honesty, Lauren Holtkamp's looks should never be a point of conversation in a professional broadcast. That sort of talk belongs completely in the past and just goes to show the amount of barriers that women have to overcome in sport.
It's 2015 and just like racism and homophobia, sexism needs to be eradicated from pro sports. Even passing comments like the one made by Frazier.
When Holtkamp entered the league in 2014 she said, "It's been about my performance and the quality of work." Frazier would do well to remember that.