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(The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for his public criticism of rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp.

Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, announced the fine on Saturday.

Paul, who drew his 79th career technical foul during the Clippers' 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, criticized Holtkamp for the "ridiculous" call, which was one of the team's five technicals in the game.

Paul dismissed any insinuation that he was being sexist toward Holtkamp.

"Last night was about a bad call. That's all," Paul said Friday.

Paul tried to get the inbounds pass quickly in the third quarter, but Holtkamp would not allow it. When Paul asked why, she gave him a technical. Paul said he did not curse at her.

"I think we have to show better composure, but at the same time some of (the technical fouls) were ridiculous," Paul, who is president of the NBA Players Association, said after the game.

"The tech that I get right there was ridiculous. I don't care what nobody says, I don't care what she says; that's terrible. There's no way that can be a tech. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court, and when we did that, she said, 'uh-uh.'

“I said, 'why, uh-uh?' And she gave me a tech. That's ridiculous. If that's the case, this might not be for her."   Continued...

 
Nov 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball during the second half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Clippers defeated the Rockets 102-85. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports