Mendoza: Hit those thugs where it hurts most: pocket-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
TWO Fil-Fors (Filipino-Foreigners) have absorbed the brunt of punishment imposed by PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) Commissioner Chito Salud.
Kelly Nabong is a Filipino-American and Marc Pingris Filipino-French.
Both were slapped P60,000 each and suspended two games apiece for figuring in a fistfight on Wednesday during the San Mig Coffee-GlobalPort game won by San Mig Coffee.
Two others, including Joe Devance, were meted fines of not more than P30,000 each plus a one-game suspension apiece.
Devance, Pingris’ teammate at San Mig Coffee, was singled out as the instigator of the ugly rumble (is there a handsome rumble?) that also involved Marvin Hayes.
Hayes was fined P20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, equivalent to a flagrant foul Penalty 2, for elbowing and kneeing import Marqus Blakely on the floor after a foul had already been called.
Devance, also a Fil-Am, had stuck out an elbow, triggering the monstrous melee.
Salud said he punished Nabong “for attacking\ Blakely and exchanging blows with Pingris.”
Salud also threw the book at Pingris “for fighting and engaging Nabong in an exchange of blows” and added he fined Devance P30,000 “for triggering the commotion that led to the fight between Nabong and Pingris.”
Said Salud: “Fighting will not be condoned by the league. There is absolutely no justification for our players to get involved in fistfights.”
In a direct reference to Devance, Salud said: “Instigators also deserve special mention, especially those not even directly involved in the immediate action. They too will have to bear a heavy price for their act. Strong emphasis is being placed on this policy so much so that those who dare to trigger fights will be dealt with accordingly. With this, it should be clear to everyone that instigators, hotheads and troublemakers have no place in the PBA and will be dealt with severely.”
It’s all very fine, Sir.
When it happens again—I pray it won’t—impose bigger fines, please?
As millionaires, they ought to behave like one.
Thus, let us hit the troublemakers where it hurts most: Their pay.
So, punch, not pinch, the pocket..
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 08, 2013.