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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

May 3, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Whistle blowers

Storm coach Anne Donovan used one word to describe her feelings about a study finding racial bias among white NBA officials toward black players in fouls called: “Ridiculous,” she said.
The NBA and its players also disagreed with the findings. Donovan said there is no such bias in the WNBA, even though she is one of the tougher coaches on officials. And based on howls at KeyArena when fouls are called, my guess is that fans believe the WNBA refs are equally bad, not racist.
“I think the officials are doing their jobs just like the players are doing theirs and coaches are doing theirs,” Donovan said. “That whole study was ridiculous.”
One humorous aspect to the study is that in covering the Sonics this season, one of the themes was how center Nick Collison, who’s white, was tagged for so many fouls that former general manager Rick Sund made a call to the league to complain. It turns out Collison finished third in the league for personal fouls, with 289 in 82 games. Golden State post player Andris Biedrins, who also is white, led with 304 fouls. Phoenix center Amare Stoudemire, who is black, was second (295).
The study did examine 13 years of box scores, however, but remains flawed because the NBA is predominately black. The WNBA is the same with 63 percent of its players being black, according to a study on the 2005 season.

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