Playing With The Big Boys Violet Palmer

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Updated: December 9, 2007

PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS

VIOLET PALMER

Palmer

” HEY SIXER YOU HAVE A PROBLEM “

Finding her officiating at an NBA game you are watching may be as rare as finding a pearl in an oyster. A Black pearl. The pleasure just as real. Meet Violet Palmer. If you’ve been to a game she has worked. You are Blessed.

Ms. Palmer is not only the sole female NBA official on the Hardwood. She is alone among all major male sports. Will that change. Maybe not. But it won’t be for other women lacking a Role Model. She’s been part of the Show since her first NBA game in October 1997.

At the same time it is obvious the League is not going to go out of its way to name more female officials. The question is should they and if they don’t does really qualify as a Weakness. It does not appear Violet Palmer sees herself as any kind of revolutionary.

She just saw something she wanted to do and she went for it. Her rise to the pros parallels that of her male colleagues. Start at the bottom in the high schools, work your way up to refing college games. Then get noticed and get Lucky.

There is no doubt Palmer loves it in spite of the intimidation she has had to put up with. First from the players but not much any more. Still from the stands. Probably always from the Stands. It does not phase her. It goes with the territory. And it isn’t as those the male referees get cheered by the fans.

Right now her goals are firm and more of the same. Palmer is looking forward to when she officiates her first playoffs, and to keep doing what she is doing for another 15 or 20 years. Since she’s 39 now that means staying an NBA game official racing up and down the court until she’s 60 !

We’ll see ?

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