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It is also possible that the attitude of players
toward referees is affecting the calls.
When I played college basketball there was a particular player on my team that would consistently be victim of "biased calls" some of which (taken out of context) would definitely be ver in this particular instance it was the result of a self fulfilling prophecy bent on finding racism in any and everything which lead to trash-talking and general poor attitude and sportsmanship.
An example on the other side of the racial card of this issue is seen where a high-school teammate of mine had an extremely loud, racist, parent who attended each of our constant berating of minority referees lead to increased foul calls against all members of our primarily white team, which would have had a significant impact on any statistical analysis aimed at data produced from those two seasons.
These examples are completely anecdotal and studying the behavior of individual players or members of the would require much more data to be available, any such study would most likely only produce subjective data due to the depth of complexity regarding individual player/referee point is that there are many sociological factors which come into play during a basketball game; the referees can not be seen as the only variable.