Clippers PG Chris Paul: 'Last night was about a bad call'

Saturday February 7th, 2015

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was asked Friday about his comments criticizing referee Lauren Holtkamp after both he and DeAndre Jordan received technical fouls from her during Thursday's game. 

Paul repeated the line, "Last night was about a bad call" three times, according to CBS Sports, and did not elaborate further. 

After 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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Clippers coach Doc Rivers also addressed Paul's comments on Friday. 

"I didn't like it," Rivers said. "I didn't like that part of it. But I don't think he meant it in the way I think it's being [discussed]. I just think he was upset at the technical. I don't think the technical was warranted either, to be honest. But that's not a gender issue. That's just an issue that you disagree with the tech. It probably should have been left that way. But knowing Chris, I think that's what he meant more. I don't think he meant that it was a gender issue at all."

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon backed Paul on Twitter on Friday, writing that she doesn't think his comment "had anything to do with the ref'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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