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So the consensus of the board is, it's OK to shout profanity within earshot of kids if you're famous?

It depends and being famous has nothing to do with it. Being famous only made it (marginally) newsworthy. The bigger question is whether the ref should be a self-appointed nanny (unofficial surrogate parent) for the kids.

Definitions of profanity vary. Some people think "darn" is profanity. Would you throw somebody out because they say darn?

If a kid hears famous guy say, "Hey Ref, you're an a**h0le", I don't think the kid would be traumatized, but the offended ref might use that as an excuse to eject the guy.

Not knowing what famous guy said, nobody can rule on how bad the profanity was. The parents bear some responsibility for taking the kid to a place where emotions run high and profanity becomes expectable.

Was famous guy a jerk? Maybe. Were the kids harmed? Doubtful. Did the ref let his emotions cloud his judgement? Possibly. Did famous guy deserve to be ejected? Who knows but probably not. If parents look to refs to protect their kids, then shouldn't Refs give profanity warnings before calling Security to move a fan? How much power should we give the on-court authority? How far away are the Thought Police?

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