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Violet Palmer
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Sports Executive
    (July 20, 1964- )
    NBA and WNBA official
    Officiated first playoff game (April 25, 2006)
    Many NBA players initially criticized the league's decision to hire her.
    Her nicknames from NBA players include 'Vi' and 'V.'
    Rowdy fans often trash talk about her tight pony tail.
    She has the tendency to go into 'official' mode while watching NBA games at home (on television).
    She's a frequent target of blabbermouth sports reporters, including Bill Simmons.
    She referred to her childhood as Compton's version of 'Little House on the Prairie.'
    She was the first female official for a male professional sports league in the US.
    Despite the initial criticism, she earned the respect of superstars like Tim Duncan and Robert Horry.
    She doesn't ask NBA players for autographs because she views them as 'co-workers.'
    She was hired by the NCAA to work men's basketball games, then they reneged due to her gender.
    She helped her college, Cal Poly Pomona, win two NCAA Division II championships (1985 & 86).
    She runs her own youth refereeing clinic during the summer months.

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