Clippers Coach Doc Rivers' 26-year-old daughter, Callie, came to Chris Paul's defense on Friday, tweeting that she doesn't think the point guard's criticism of female official Lauren Holtkamp had anything to do with her gender.
Tweeted Callie: "i believe that cp was not talkin about gender. he was stating his opinion about how awful she was as a ref. he should be fined not ridiculed"
Paul is under heat for his comments about Holtkamp following a technical he received during Thursday's 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was dealt the technical with 10 minutes and 17 seconds left in the third quarter after the Clippers tried to quickly inbound the ball after a Cavaliers free throw.
"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 is in her first full season as an NBA referee and is one of two active female officials.
Some feel Paul's comments are sexist. Others, including Callie, a former volleyball player for the University of Florida, are arguing that Paul was complaining about the call, and his remarks had nothing to do with the referee's gender.
Tweeted Callie: "she was awful any1 who watched that game would agree. didnt matter what gender, bad is bad. that bein said, thats not why the clips lost lol
"also, compared 2 how some of the male refs get spoken 2 what cp said was nothin. so lets not pick&choose when we want 2 be treated as equals
"last thing.. those mad about him using "her" - well she is a female, which means he just used the appropriate pronoun. her = woman/his = man"
In total, the Clippers were dealt five technical fouls on Thursday.
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