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On Thursday night, Chris Paul made comments critical of female referee Lauren Holtkamp. His comments were taken as sexist by some and caused some controversy.

Paul had remained quiet on the issue until he was made available to the media before Friday night's game against Toronto. He didn't say much when the subject was brought up, however.

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“Last night was about a bad call," Paul repeated three times. The whole ordeal lasted about 20 seconds.

Coach Doc Rivers was a little more vocal when he was asked about his player's comments.

"I didn't like it," Rivers said. "I didn't like that part of it. But I don't think he meant it in the way I think it's being [discussed]. I just think he was upset at the technical. I don't think the technical was warranted either, to be honest. But that's not a gender issue. That's just an issue that you disagree with the tech. It probably should have been left that way. But knowing Chris, I think that's what he meant more. I don't think he meant that it was a gender issue at all."

Rivers wasn't the only person in support of Paul Friday night. Michele Roberts, executive director of NBA Players Association, released a strongly worded statement.

"Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false. His personal management team, which includes several accomplished wo

men who play a major role in virtually all of his business affairs, is, alone, evidence of that fact."

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