GLOBALPORT big man Rico Maierhofer and the TnT Katropa pair of Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy were the latest players to be slapped major fines by the PBA Commissioner’s Office in the ongoing Philippine Cup.
Maierhofer was penalized for P20,000 for the flagrant foul penalty 2 offense he committed during the Batang Pier’s game against the Meralco Bolts when the season-opening meet resumed last week.
Rosario meanwhile, was cited for ‘submarining’ an airborne opponent last December 23 when the Texters beat the Alaska Aces, 109-100. The infraction cost him P15,000, the same amount meted on Pogoy for tripping with contact (his third flagrant foul penalty one for the conference) in the team’s game against NLEX last Jan. 7.
The total fines collected in the league’s first week of action for 2017 amounted to P102,900 involving 15 players and one coach in Nash Racela (P1,000) for incurring a technical foul during the TnT vs. NLEX match.
Another player heavily cited in that same game between the two sister teams under the MVP group, was NLEX guard Eman Monfort (P10,000), for hitting former league MVP Kelly Williams in the face.
Most of the infractions committed were for flagrant foul penalty and technical fouls.
Just before the year 2016 came to an end, the league collected more than P300,000 in fines led by Meralco’s Cliff Hodge (P20,000), whose flagrant foul penalty1 (upgraded) committed on Alex Cabagnot led to a broken nose by the San Miguel Beer top point guard.
All monetary fines go directly to the Players’ Trust Fund for the benefit of retired players scholarship program.