Category Archives: Basketball

Student Wearing Headscarf Temporarily Held from Game for “Safety Reasons”

Filed under Basketball, Controversial Calls
girls basketball

Middle School basketball players sporting dangerous scrunchies

While I understand that, as a referee, safety should always be a major concern (especially in youth competitions), I don’t really see what is so “unsafe” about a headscarf. And when I see the “safe” head attire of an NBA player like Chris Andersen, I wonder if a headscarf is all that bad!

By the way, in Soccer’s Laws of the Game, religious attire is specifically allowed, as long as it does not pose a danger to any player.

Source: NBC Washington

A seventh grade student was held out for a portion of a girls’ basketball league game because she was wearing a headscarf.

After a discussion, the young woman was allowed to reenter the second half of a Mid-Maryland Girls Jr. Basketball Association game on Saturday.

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Hornets’ Chris Paul Fined $15,000 for Verbal Abuse of a Referee

Filed under Basketball, Referees in the News

NBA Vice President Stu Jackson announced the fine

Source: WVUE (New Orleans, LA)

NEW YORK (AP) – New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbal abuse of a game official following a loss to the New Jersey Nets.

NBA vice president Stu Jackson announced the fine on Friday.

Paul missed a shot late in regulation Wednesday night that gave New Jersey a chance to

force overtime, then turned the ball over with 19 seconds left and the Hornets trailing by two. His attempt at a buzzer-beating 3-pointer bounced out and New Orleans lost 103-101.

The four-time All-Star guard finished 4 for 15 from the field and turned the ball over seven times in the game. He said afterward that he felt “like this was my loss.”

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