05 September 2013

Salud Vows Due Process on PBA Melee

Kelly Nabong
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud has assured he will be handing out heavy sanctions against players who were involved in the free-for-all between San Mig Coffee and Global Port on Wednesday night.

The PBA chieftain said in an interview that he has already summoned the players who figured in the melee that marred San Mig Coffee’s 102-88 win over GlobalPort.

"Fighting has no place in our league because the youth is watching our players," he said in an interview on Sports 5 Center.

A free-for-all between the two teams was triggered after GlobalPort enforcer Marvin Hayes and San Mig Coffee import Marqus Blakely got tangled up. Mixers forward Joe Devance came onto the scene to push away Hayes, who flopped to sell the call.

Nabong came out of nowhere to push Devance, triggering a reaction from Pingris, who threw punches at the GlobalPort rookie. Nabong tried to knee Pingris before members of the two teams were able to stop the fight.

Both Pingris and Nabong were ejected from the game.

Aside from getting a double foul with Blakely, Hayes was also assessed a technical for his second motion against the import. Devance was also called for a technical foul for shoving Hayes.

"These players will be called to my office tomorrow," said Salud, adding that players will be given due process by the league before being handed sanctions.

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