Ken Hudson First African American NBA Referee Dies!

Posted on May 14, 2012


The basketball world is mourning passing of former longtime NBA referee and retired Coca-Cola executive Ken Hudson.

FOX Sports South’s and Hawks analyst Mike Glenn broke the news of Hudson’s passing before Thursday’s Hawks-Celtics game.

Hudson, a metro Atlanta resident, was a frequent spectator at Hawks games. He was one of the first black referees in the NBA, coming into the league back in 1968. He was 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.