Simone Jelks Becomes 7th Full-time Female NBA Referee

Jelks joins the group of female NBA referees
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Simone Jelks was one of three referees promoted to full-time status by the NBA on Wednesday, making her the fifth woman on the current lineup of officials.

Jelks joins the group of female NBA referees that also includes Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling, Ashley Moyer-Gleich, Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder.

Jelks becomes the seventh female full-time ref in NBA history, with the current five preceded by Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer. Jelks worked 16 regular-season NBA games as a non-staff official last season.

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