Tony Brothers is a veteran NBA referee and currently one of the most famous referees in the league, find out his brief bio, age, career stats, salary, net worth, and more
NBA referees play a major role in the league’s success, and Tony Brothers is one of the most experienced referees.
Who is Tony Brothers NBA referee: Net worth in 2023, salary, wife, bio, age, stats
Scott Foster gets a lot of heat but the real devil is Tony Brothers pic.twitter.com/pS88cWq0Nx
— NBA University (@NBA_University) April 21, 2023
Despite being one of the league’s best and most experienced, he is also arguable the most criticized referee.
Tony Brothers brief bio and age
Tony Brothers is an American professional basketball referee who currently works in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Brothers was born on 14 September 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. He is currently 58 years old.
Tony studied at the Booker T. Washington High School, Lynn University and currently has two children. Tony has served as a referee in the NBA ever since the 1994–95 season and is now in his 27th year.
According to various sources, Tony Brothers has a net worth of around $5 million with his yearly salary at $550,000.
In 2007, he and his ex-wife, Monica, founded Still Hope Foundation, Inc., to assist single mothers in Hampton Roads. His current fiancée, Kimberly Jenkins, runs a restaurant. Brothers has two children.
Tony Brothers career
Referee Tony Brothers has worked in the NBA ever since he joined in the 1994-95 season. Throughout his career, he has officiated in 1,600 regular-season games and almost 180 postseason matches. He has also officiated 128 playoff games and 8 NBA Finals games.
Prior to joining the NBA, Tony officiated for the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). Tony Brothers made his first NBA Finals appearance during the game between the OKC Thunder and the Miami Heat back in 2012.
The two teams featured some of the best players in the league including the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. Brothers himself considered that particular series as the most memorable among all the biggest games that he has ever officiated.
Criticism from fans
While Brothers has featured in many important NBA games, he’s also one of the most criticized referees for playing favorites. Back in 2020, a study revealed that Tony Brothers was the most mentioned referee among basketball fans on social media.
Close behind him was Scott Foster. The poll took place right after the controversial playoff series between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in 2018.
That year, the Rockets summed up their reports of the series with a serious conclusion and addressed it to Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations. The memo stated:
Referees likely changed the eventual NBA champion. There can be no worse result for the NBA.”
In the recent game between the Sacramento Kings and the LA Clippers also, many fans felt that he made many questionable calls against Sacramento.
In particular, the two successive fouls on Kings All-Star center Domantas Sabonis had some fans in uproar, with some stating:
Ban Tony Brothers from reffing Kings games.”