Cagayan Valley Rising Suns head coach Alvin Pua is facing a lifetime ban plus a P500 thousand fine after assaulting game official Ben Montero during a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Developmental League game against the Livermarin Guardians at the Ynares Sports Complex on Thursday.
A part of the statement PBA Commissioner Chito Salud released on Friday, said that “mauling a referee is not justifiable in any way” which led to the verdict of banning Pua.
The 36 year-old head coach punched Montero on the back of his head and across the face leading to an open wound on his left cheek. Montero was brought to the Medical City in Pasig for treatment.
“This is the last straw. In the highest interest of sportsmanship and the norms of human decency, the league is hereby imposing a lifetime ban on Coach Pua from all PBA related activities for mauling a referee and for his recalcitrant and incorrigible demeanor,” said Salud in his statement.
Pua, the spouse of Alcala, Cagayan incumbent mayor Criselda Antonio-Pua, has a history of scuffles with game officials. In December of 2014, Pua was slapped with a P50 thousand fine and a three-game suspension after initiating ‘physical contact’ with two referees during a game between the Rising Suns and Jumbo Plastic.
Cagayan Valley team manager Frederic Collado was also slapped with a P20 thousand fine for criticizing the quality of officiating during the game.