PBA hands P38K fine on players, coach early in 2017 season

NLEX veteran slotman Enrico Villanueva and pint-sized guard Eman Monfort drew the lion’s share of the fines totalling to P38,000 slapped by the Office of the Commissioner on 8 players and a coach, just over a week after the opening of the PBA’s 42nd season.

League commissioner Chito Narvasa handed a hefty P15,000 on the 6-foot-5 Villanueva for incurring at least three violations in the course of the Road Warriors’ 99-97 overtime win over the Alaska Aces last Friday.

A seven-time PBA All-Star, the 36-year-old Villanueva’s penalties were due for his flagrant foul penalty 1 against Alaska rookie Carl Bryan Cruz, backup big man Marion Magat, along with his “sarcastic and disrespectful on-court behavior.”

On the other hand, Monfort was slapped with a P10,000 fine for committing an “injurious contact” on the 6-foot-4 Cruz at mid-court in the first half.

Rookie Roger Pogoy amassed a fine of P5,000 for “hitting an airborne player with wind-up motion” while TNT sophomore guard Kris Rosales (dress code violation), forward Harvey Carey (technical foul for second motion) and center Mo Tautuaa (pointing an accusing finger towards a game official) were all hit with similar P1,000 fine.

GlobalPort big man Rico Maierhofer was also meted with a P3,000 fine for flopping, while NLEX new coach Yeng Guiao had a P1,000 fine for using profane language, a similar amount levied on ageless Road Warriors center Asi Taulava for dress code violation. – Jerome Lagunzad

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