Maia Chaka Makes History As First Black Woman To Officiate An NFL Game

Maia Chaka made history on Sunday, becoming the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.

In a video tweeted by the NFL, Chaka called the “historic moment” an “honor and a privilege.”

Chaka officiated Sunday’s game between the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. Chaka’s resume includes time as a referee in the NCAA’s Pac-12 conference and Conference USA, as well as in the short-lived Alliance of American Football in 2019. In 2015, Sarah Thomas was the first female hired as a full-time NFL official.

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