Things just turned from bad to worse for Star.
Five members of the Hotshots, including coach Chito Victolero and Alvin Patrimonio, were summoned to the Commissioner’s Office and eventually slapped with fines on Thursday, a day after seeing Barangay Ginebra evened up their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at 2-all.
Star big man Marc Pingris and wingman Allein Maliksi, together with Victolero and Patrimonio, were fined for the conducts deemed by the Commissioner’s Office as “detrimental to the league” in the aftermath of the Hotshots’ 86-93 loss to the Gin Kings on Wednesday night.
Hotshots rookie Jiovani Jalalon also didn’t escape the eye of the Commissioner’s Office for allegedly punching Gin Kings counterpart Sol Mercado in the course of the tension-filled Game 4 battle infront of more than 12,000 fans inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Pro league chief Chito Narvasa sat down with all the parties involved and readily admitted that they have already sorted things out.
“We had a good conversation today and they are very apologetic about it,” Narvasa told sports scribes inside the press room before Game 5 of the other semis pairing between defending two-time champion San Miguel Beer and TNT.
“It was all very nice in the way they explained it,” he added. “They felt also of course they have their own views about the officiating and we’re trying our best to make it fair game and they have already acknowledged that.”
Narvasa added the door of the Commissioner’s Office is always open even to those who are eager to shed light on certain issue, including the way game officials are calling the match.
“If they find something wrong, they can go to the Commissioner’s Office. I think it’s fine, and we’re trying to run a good game, a fair game for everybody. The opportunity for them to win is present. What they do of course is all subjective, I’m trying to be as objective as possible,” he added.
As of posting time, the Commissioner’s Office has yet to release the amount of fines slapped on the individuals involved.
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