NBA sole female referee speaks out

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Friday, December 20, 2013

 

CNN: Violet Palmer didn't set out to be a trailblazer, but as the only female referee in the NBA today, that's exactly what she's become.

Palmer was given her opportunity to officiate basketball games on a national level in 1997 and recalls what it was like facing adversity and discrimination, saying "Every negative thing you can think of, they've thrown it at me."

" ‘You're not going to make it.’ ‘Why are you here? Go back to WNBA.’ ‘Players and coaches are not going to accept you.’ ‘Your guys that you work with, they're not going to accept you.’ "

 

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