NBA’s First Female Referee Violet Palmer to Marry Longtime Partner

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Violet Palmer, who became the NBA's first female referee back in 1997, has announced she will marry her longtime partner on Friday, the AP reports:

"This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world, to everyone, here's my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out."

Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be officiated by "Basketball Wives LA" star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams.

Congrats ladies!


  1. Details. says

    Congratulations to Violet Palmer. She has succeeded in a very tough arena.

    Not to demean her accomplishments at all, and it’s a fairly minor detail, but I’m pretty sure that Violet Palmer was hired at the same time as another female official named Dee Kantner to officiate in the NBA back in the late 1990s. Kantner was not retained by the league after 2002, while Palmer has continued to officiate. So Palmer is one of the first two, and currently the only female official in the NBA.

  2. TonyJazz says

    I’ve had the privilege of spending a little time with her over ten years ago.

    She immediately made an impression as someone with great presence and dignity. Congratulations to her and her wife.

    I wish her nothing but the best in life.

    Violet, you are AMAZING!!!!!

  3. Tyler says

    Mike, the conservative troll who hates our black president (for being black, but shhhhh that’s his little secret) also hates/loathes other black people. Shocking. Such a source of class and reason.

  4. Thomasina says

    @ Mike: Not only are you a straight-up, unreconstructed, Philadelphia, Mississippi-sheriff-in-1964-style, Lester Maddox-resembling, Asa Carter-writing bigot (and proud of it, apparently), but you are also too stupid to perform a basic google search before spewing your ignorance all over the place. Here you go:

    There would be absolutely nothing wrong with it if they were an interracial couple, but they’re not.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    @ TYLER,

    you’re better at this than I am. Think about MIKE’s comments over the last few months. Then think about Rick’s strategy of posting comments using aliases, and sometimes using different prose styles. He even uses different ethnic or racial characters.

    You cannot tell who is who or what is what on this blog.

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