But the NBA never asked me for my two cents. Instead, they hired two female referees — Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner — eight years ago during the season. A little more than two months ago, Lauren Holtkamp got her tits caught in the wringer — pun intended — when she called a technical foul on NBA star Chris Paul for no reason at all — except for the desire to assort her authority. But now the NFL has decided to get into the P. To be technically correct, she is not the first female official to work an NFL game.
Other female officials, referees applaud NFL's hire of Sarah Thomas
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For the first time in the history of the NFL, your daughter or niece will be able to say this while channel-surfing through pro football games this fall. About But until this past week, when the league announced that it had hired Sarah Thomas as a full-time game official, the only women on the field on any given Sunday were a dozen or so half-naked cheerleaders and maybe one television sideline reporter. If you're female and a football fan, you can't overstate how big this is. Sure, some might call it a public-relations maneuver, something designed to counter some of the ill will generated last summer in the NFL's mishandling of the Ray Rice suspension.
When Sarah Thomas joined the NFL in , she made history as the first-ever female official in the league. Then and still the only woman referee, Thomas has been a mentor to others looking to join her — and she says there are several women now going through the NFL's development program. Thomas, who has a new partnership with Activia, spoke about her officiating career and how she got here. You're an exception. Then when I went to college, I didn't realize I was the first in college.
He knew the line judge was watching him. This was only a scrimmage, but Henry, a 6-foot-5, pound freshman lineman, was trying to move up the depth chart for the Tulane Green Wave. The whistle blew and a blur of black and white stripes came running his way. It was soft and lilting and grounded in the rhythms of her native Mississippi.