THE Rain or Shine management has agreed to pay the P2 million pesos fine imposed by Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Salud for the team’s near-walkout during the second quarter of Game Six of the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals on Wednesday. San Mig Coffee won the game 93-87, to clinch the crown.
Rain or Shine’s lawyer and board representative Mamerto Mondragon said that team owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que as well as team manager Boy Lapid will respect the sanction which is implemented according to the rules and regulations of the league.
“We can’t argue with the sanction since it is written in the rules of PBA,” said Mondragon. “But the Commissioner promised us that they will never stop to improve the officiating.”
Rain or Shine Coach Yeng Guiao also explained that the decision to walkout together with the players was his personal decision and not by Rain or Shine itself.
Salud said that Rain or Shine deserve the sanction for subverting public interest and the integrity of the game.
“Public interest dictates that walkouts can never be condoned— whether in a finals game or not,” said Salud. “A walkout represents a total disregard of the principles and values we want our players and teams to zealously uphold: sportsmanship and the tenet that public and fan interest is paramount.”