"You know, last night was about a bad call," he said, "that's all."
"We're trying to get the ball out fast every time down the court and when we did that she said, 'Uh-uh,' and I said, 'Why uh-uh?' and she gave me a tech and that's ridiculous," the Clippers point guard said. "If that's the case, then this might not be for her."
Holtkamp, 34, is in her first full season as an
"Like I said, last night was about a bad call, that's it," Paul reiterated.
"I just think he was upset at the technical," Rivers said. "I don't think the technical was warranted either, to be honest, but that's not a gender issue. That's an issue that you disagree with the tech."
When Paul was asked whether he was surprised by the reaction his comments received, he repeated himself again.
"Like I said, last night was about a bad call," he said.
The union representing NBA referees defended Holtkamp on Friday.