Spurs assistant Becky Hammon defends Chris Paul over ref comment

Friday February 6th, 2015

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon backed Chris Paul on Twitter on Friday for comments the Los Angeles Clippers guard made about a female referee.

Following Thursday night's Clippers game, Paul was critical of referee Lauren Holtkamp after both he and DeAndre Jordan received technical fouls from her during Thursday's game. 

Paul called Holtkamp's technical on him "terrible" and said if she calls it that way, "this might not be for her." 

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Hammon, who in August became the first female hired as an NBA assistant coach, said she doesn't believe Paul's comment was a reference to Holtkamp's gender. 

On Friday, Lee Seeham, general counsel for the National Basketball Referees Association, addressed Paul's comments. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Seeham said Holtkamp's calls were "justified" and that "she belongs."

- Molly Geary

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