American import Glen Rice Jr. left the Philippines $10,000 poorer after being slapped a team fine by TNT management for his “willful violation and breach of his contract” in Game 4 of the Katropa’s 115-105 loss to Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Sunday.
TNT management, in a statement released to media Wednesday morning, said Rice’s “undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike behavior adversely affected not only the Team’s image but the brand and corporate reputation of the PLDT Group as well.”
“As a consequence, the Team is deducting from his final compensation the amount of the PBA fine plus the Team fine. This is without prejudice however to whatever legal right TNT may have against Mr. Rice for damages and other available remedies under our contract.”
TNT also said in its statement that the 26-year-old Rice “promised to comply with all the team rules and regulations and conduct himself in a gentlemanly manner.” The athletic Rice, however, failed to control his emotions anymore in the emotionally-charged series against Ginebra.
Rice was ejected in the final 1:41 of the first period after being slapped with a flagrant foul 1 and a technical foul for shoving and throwing the basketball at Ginebra forward Kevin Ferrer.
The Katropa was ahead, 35-23 when the incident happened.
He was later seen, arguing with TNT alternate governor Patrick Gregorio and some of his Katropa teammates.
His ejection eventually doomed TNT’s Finals hopes as Ginebra staged a vicious comeback in the final period behind Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to win Game 4 and the series.
The Kings advanced to the Finals to arrange a rematch with the Meralco Bolts in a best-of-7 title series.
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