13 February 2016

More Questions on Decision to Ban Ivan Johnson

Ivan Johnson
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters import Ivan Johnson was no longer around when the PBA handed him a lifetime ban for 'cursing and disrespecting' Commissioner Chito Narvasa shortly after his ejection from a game against Meralco last 15 February at the PhilSports Arena.

But if Commissioner Narvasa thought that he has gain support for his decision, he couldn't be more wrong as the penalty just became a fodder for more questions on the league's integrity.

First question is why does the Commissioner thinks he deserves to be there in the courtside when he can't even stand being criticize and cursed? Basketball games can be very passionate and intense among fans in this country. Those who have onion skins do not deserve to be near the action when the game starts because emotions and tempers can fly and lead to foul language.

Cursing is one expression of frustration and everyone has delivered one and has received one as well. The Commissioner should expect this.

Second question, why impose the fine and penalty first and follow it up with a lifetime ban when no review or hearing was conducted first. Even the temperamental Rolando Balkman was given his day in the Commissioner's office before given a boot from the league.

Nobody will condone hard-headed and crazy imports, but the fine and penalty amounting to PhP 250,000 plus a game suspension should have been enough until such time the both parties are able to thresh out what happen in a more clear-headed manner. Aside from Balkman, can anybody think of any other import facing this heavy penalty this fast?

Lastly, Commissioner Narvasa has this penchant to be in the thick of the conflict in the court, but failed to get a good account of himself and have not showed everyone that he is indeed fair. During the altercation between that marred the Alaska Aces' 100-76 bounce back win in Game Two of their semifinal showdown against the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the 2015-16 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup, Narvasa was seen pointing his finger and shouting at Alaska veteran guard Dondon Hontiveros while he motioned him to go away during the height of the melee.

Again he pointed a finger and shouted at Hontiveros. Should this merit a lifetime ban as well?

The referees are there to control the emotions and to prevent the game from getting out of hand. The bodyguards and security personnel are there to prevent any physical altercation from taking place.

The Commissioner, on the other hand, has no right to enter the playing court and order everyone to do his bidding like his pet dog unless he is prepared to be treated like one himself.

Can anybody imagine David Stern and Adam Silver doing this at the NBA.

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