Rain or Shine, the losing finalist in the PBA Philippine Cup, face a P2 million for briefly walking out of its game with San Mig Wednesday night.
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud raised the possibility of a stiff fine in a statement released to media on Thursday.
The Elasto Paint Masters’ coach Yeng Guiao ordered his players to leave the court with 11:39 minutes left in the second quarter to protest a string of unfavorable calls, including a foul called on JR Quiñahan on Jean Marc Pingris.
Rain or Shine eventually lost, 93-87, and San Mig clinched the best-of-seven championship series.
“The rules on walkouts, partial or otherwise, are clear and we will enforce them accordingly,” Salud said. “I commend and respected all the players of both teams who gave it all for the game and the fans.”
According to PBA rules, a partial walkout is fined P2 million, and a full walkout, in which the team does not return to the court, is P10 million.
Guiao said there was a huge difference in terms of calls in Game Six, unlike in the first five matches.
JOSEF T. RAMOS