MARK Yee is bracing for the worst as far as his potential fine for committing a flagrant foul penalty 2 on Baser Amer in the Mahindra-Meralco PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Wednesday night is concerned.
The Floodbuster forward incurred the penalty after Amer stepped on Yee’s foot and sprained his right ankle while going for a shot on a fastbreak early in the third quarter.
Yee was ejected for the landing-spot foul. Amer never returned to the game
The Floodbuster coasted to the 105-92 win, a consolation for Yee who expects to receive a won-game bonus from the team that he hopes would defray a possible fine from the Commissioner's Office.
“Unang-una, nabawasan (ng bonus) yung pambayad sa fine, kasi malaki yun eh,” Yee said with a chuckle. “Sobrang laki ng fine nun. Baka wala pa sa one-fourth nung fine yun, yung bonus eh."
Meralco forward Cliff Hodge and GlobalPort big man Rico Maierhofer had to pay P20,000 each after getting slapped with similar FFP2 violations recently.
“Bawas sa sahod na naman 'yun,” Yee said. “Walang magagawa, kasama sa laro. Ganun talaga ang buhay.”
Yee insisted he had no intention to hurt Amer, but nonetheless respects the referee’s decision to call him for the harsh penalty.
“Wala (akong masamang intention), kasi hindi ko naman nakita siya eh,” Yee said.
“Kung ano yung (tawag) nung referee, wala na akong magagawa dun,” he added. “Nire-respeto ko yung tawag nila.”
Amer, who will have his ankle checked out on Thursday, was quick to put the incident behind him.
“Hindi niya siguro sadya yun. Ganun talaga yung basketball eh,” the sophomore guard said. “Minsan, may mga ganung nangyayari.”