The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner on Friday fined San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingres and Globalport’s Kelly Nabong P60,000 each and suspended each player for two games for sparking a brawl during a Governor’s Cup game last Wednesday.
Pingres, a member of the national team, and the rookie Nabong traded blows that started the melee. The Coffee Mixers won the game, 102-88.
Commissioner Chito Salud also suspended San Mig Coffee forward Joe Devance for one game and fine him P30,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct that triggered the commotion.
Marvin Hayes was also fined P20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, which
was equivalent to flagrant foul penalty 2.
“Fighting will not be condoned by the league. There is absolutely no justification for our players to get involved in fistfights. Strong emphasis is being placed on this policy so much so that those who dare to trigger fights will be dealt with accordingly,” Salud said in a statement.
He said the penalties should make it clear “that instigators, hotheads and troublemakers have no place in the PBA and will be dealt with severely. Instigators also deserve special mention, especially those not even directly involved in the immediate action.”
He reminded the players that “long after sanctions have been served, your overall
conduct’s impression on our youth will continue to last. Be more circumspect in the future. Our players’ responsibility of role modelling, particularly to our youth, is sacrosanct in the PBA.”
The 6’9 Devance admitted earlier his actions that started the trouble and caused the bench-clearing incident.
“We had a meeting with Commissioner Chito Salud. I explained my side. I admit it was my fault because I made it a bigger situation,” Devance said.
Pingres said he was just trying to protect his teammates. “There is really a need to control our emotions. I accepted the suspension and penalty,” he said after meeting with Salud on Thursday.