Violet Palmer


Violet Palmer was born July 20, 1964, and is currently an NBA referee.  She has officiated over 500+ regular season games and 1 play-off game.  Palmer is one of 2 women currently officiating in the the NBA, with David Guthrie being the other.  It is believed that the measurements listed in Sir Mix-A-Lots “Baby Got Back” belong to Palmer.

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Bryce Melancon January 19, 2010 at 12:51 am

Hi Violet,

Hello Violet,

Im not sure if you remember me, but my name is Bryce Melancon, the official who came to your camp to sell referee gear back in 03 or 04 in the (SAY NO CLASSIC TOURNAMENT). I even worked a few games, even though at the time my aspirations as a college official was on the Men’s side. I had a great time.

I just wanted to say congratulations in your play-off games last NBA season, and to your new position as the Coordinator of Officials in the WCC on the Women’s side. I’m sure you will do a great job.

I also wanted you to know what was going on with my officiating career lately. Since then, I am working on the Men’s side in the GSAC NAIA for John Dangleis, the CVC for Bruce Lankford, the WSC for Dr. White, and got hired last summer in Vegas for the CCAA for Dr. White. Willis McJunkin is the Assignor or the Men’s side. I’m very grateful for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

I wanted to know if you had any advice or recommendations for me in getting a look by Dave Libby on the Men’s side in the future. I wasn’t able to attend his camp this summer. Any support you can give is highly appreciated.


Rudy February 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

Ms. Palmer you are one of the best referees in the game. You paid your dues and don’t let these neanderthals get you down. Keep up the good work. I have watched or played the game for over 50 years. I have seen a game or two.

James Gordon March 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

No women should be Referees in the NBA

x-15 January 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm

It says above that Violet Palmer is 1 of 2 women currently officiating
in the NBA, with David Guthrie being the other…Really?

ronnie henderson March 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

you ref me a games in la, i know you would remember me if you saw me, keep up the great job and when you in minnestoa again call me lets chat or i will see u before the game so you will know who i am,612 607 9652 ronnie, congradulations on your great work

Alexia Clark May 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

James stop it. A women has just as right to be officiating in the NBA as a man. It is a honor for her to reach the NBA. I give her praises and honor. Being a female official is hard enough but to be in the NBA shows great accomplishment. I have nothing but respect. Ms. V keep on paving the way and making it possible for the other women officials trying to get where you are. You inspire me and I am an raising woman official. Keep on doing a great job.

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