Jess Kersey

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Kersey in 2007.

Jesse "Jess" Kersey (January 12, 1941 – April 22, 2017)[1] was an American basketball referee. He was born in Newport News, Virginia. He worked for the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association.[2]

Kersey joined the NBA in 1973. During his 30 year career, he officiated 1,911 regular season games, 189 playoff games and 18 NBA Finals games.[1]

In July 1997, Kersey resigned from the NBA after 24 seasons as a referee after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion.[3]

Kersey died of cancer on April 22, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the age of 76.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jess Kersey". National Basketball Referees Association. 
  2. Pluto, Terry, 'Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990, ISBN 978-1-4165-4061-8, p.133
  3. "Kersey Resigns as Official". The New York Times. July 31, 1997. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  4. http://www.dailypress.com/dp-spt-teel-column-jess-kersey-passes-20170422-column.html