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Clippers’ Paul fined $25,000 for criticizing female official

February 7, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for criticizing a female referee after an NBA loss to Cleveland.

Paul was given a technical by rookie ref Lauren Holtkamp on Thursday in the third quarter of a 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers, a game that featured five technicals against the Clippers.

After the game, Paul call the technical on an inbound play “ridiculous,” and said “this might not be for her,” regarding one of the NBA’s two female officials.

Paul said on Friday he was upset only with the call made by Holtkamp. Paul appeared to say something to her as he waited for an inbound pass after a Cavaliers’ free throw.

The penalty is in line with others the NBA has levied for criticism of officials.

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