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Kantner reportedly had no warning before firing

Updated: July 15, 2002, 11:26 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Dee Kantner, one of the NBA's two female referees, has been fired, the NBA said Monday.

"Dee has been terminated,'' NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said. "There are times in a referee's development that we find that a referee is not making sufficient progress in her own development and sometimes a change is needed. In this case, we felt that her termination was warranted.''

Kantner and Violet Palmer joined the NBA's officiating staff ...

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