During his 30-year career, he officiated 1,911 regular season games, 189 playoff games and 18 NBA Finals games.
In July 1997, Kersey resigned from the NBA after 24 seasons as a referee after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Kersey returned to the NBA for the 1998–99 season and continued working games until the 2006–07 season. On April 10, 2007, Kersey was injured after Corey Maggette collided with him, and Kersey underwent hip replacement surgery the following year. Kersey was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Jess Kersey's officiating career essentially came to an end on the night of April 10, 2007, in Oklahoma City. Corey Maggette, then with the L.A. Clippers, ran over him in a transition sequence when Kersey was unable to get out of the way.