24 March 2017

Penalties and Fines Dominate PBA Phil. Cup

PBA Fines
Everyone will agree that basketball is a contact sport and physicality will always be present in the hard court. However, some officials in the Philippine Basketball Association (PB) believe that there should be clear boundary to distinguish acts that will endanger the lives of the players and this can be mitigated by heavy fines.

Hence, it is not surprising anymore for the league to impose fines left and right in the last Philippine Cup, which have caught the attention of conspiracy theorists and critics. The contention is that Commissioner Chito Narvasa has to generate revenues for the league because of dwindling interest and giving fines is a good way to do that.

Some of the fines in the last conference may be appropriate, but many appears to have taken the fight and competitive spirit from the players it hopes to protect.

Mahindra veteran Mark Yee was fined PhP 25,000 for committing a landing spot flagrant foul against Meralco guard Baser Amer that had "dire consequence". Yee was slapped with a flagrant two after Amer landed on his foot during a fastbreak.

Meralco's Justin Chua was meted a fine of PhP 7,500 for a landing spot flagrant.

NLEX's Kevin Alas got a PhP 5,000 fine for "tripping with contact" while Alaska’s Vic Manuel received the same penalty for a flagrant one.

Manuel was also fined another PhP 1,000 for second motion.

Meralco's Cliff Hodge got a PhP 3,000 fine for flopping, and another PhP 1,000 for second motion.

Meralco’s Kelly Nabong and Rain or Shine’s Jay Washington were also fined PhP 1,000 each for second motion. A PhP 1,000 fine was also slapped on Mahindra’s Alex Mallari "for not reporting to the officials table".

San Miguel's Gabby Espinas was fined PhP 1,600 for engaging in a verbal altercation with Rain or Shine's Don Trollano who was meted a PhP 1,000 fine.

The league penalized Star's Paul Lee with a PhP 1,000 fine for "pointing an accusing finger towards a game official".

Lee's teammate Jio Jalalon got a similar fine for "pulling down his playing shorts while in the free throw line".

Star's Marc Pingris received a PhP 1,600 penalty for "disrespectfully addressing an official".

Coaches weren't spared from PBA's sanctions. Ginebra coach Tim Cone was slapped with a PhP 5,000 fine for entering the court during a scuffle between his player Kevin Ferrer and Hodge during their out-of-town game in Iloilo.

Alaska coach Alex Compton was fined PhP 5,000 "for applauding the referee in a sarcastic manner" and another PhP 1,000 for "disrespectfully addressing an official".

The total so far ... PhP 61,700.

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