25 April 2014

Fines for Guiao and Hodge Totalled PhP 120K

Coach Yeng Guiao
After talking and getting their side of the story, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has decided to slapped a hefty PhP 100,000 fine on Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao for calling Meralco forward Cliff Hodge “mongoloid” after Game Two of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series last 23 April 2014 .

The statement from the PBA Office reads:
“We find the conduct of Coach Guiao unbecoming and unacceptable on two counts: first, accosting and insulting a player with total disregard for civility and circumspection; second, using the word ‘mongoloid,’ a derogatory term alluding to people with Down’s syndrome.”

"Its use shows a lack of sensitivity to persons with disabilities and is particularly hurtful to the class of people suffering from the disorder, their families and friends."

"The PBA, its players and officials have to be aware that the use of words with pejorative tones has no place in a league that regards itself as an institution our youth can look up to as an example."
Guiao, a congressman for the first district of Pampanga, has come under fire online for his use of the term.

On the other hand, Meralco Bolts forward Cliff Hodge’s foul on Rain or Shine rookie Raymond Almazan was upgraded to a flagrant foul penalty two.

"The review shows that Hodge during a rebound play hit the face of Almazan with a closed fist," said PBA commissioner Chito Salud, who called the contact "excessive and unnecessary."

Hodge was fined PhP 20,000 for the play.

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