Two Black Women Make NBA History As The First Women To Referee A Game Together


July 11, 2018


In 1997, Violet Palmer blazed a trail as the first woman to referee an NBA game. Now 21 years after she broke NBA’s gender barrier, two Black women by the name of Danielle Scott and Angelica Suffren have followed in her footsteps and made their own history. Scott and Suffren are now the first women to referee an NBA game together. 

On July 4th, Marc Spears, a senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated, tweeted out: “First time I’ve ever seen two Black women referee an NBA game of any kind. Violet Palmer would be proud Danielle Scott and Angelica Suffren reffing at the California Classic Summer League Lakers versus Heat.”


We couldn’t agree more – Violet Palmer would indeed be proud. 

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