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Violet Palmer, the NBA’s first female referee, retired from on-court work Thursday, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

The 52-year-old, who spent 18 seasons as an on-court official, has been dealing with knee problems, according to Beck.

Alongside Dee Kantner, Palmer broke the NBA’s gender barrier in 1997 and officiated 54 games that season:

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