NLEX Road Warriors coach Boyet Fernandez is so sure that Ola Adeogun did not start the scuffle with Big Chill big man Dexter Maiquez in their PBA D-League game on Monday that he vowed to withhold the Nigerian center's allowance if he is proven guilty.
“Ako, I am willing to slap Ola with a big fine. Tatanggalin ko allowance niya, once I am able to prove na siya nagsimula ng gulo kanina,” said Fernandez shortly after the Road Warriors' 97-88 victory over Big Chill at the Trinity University Gym.
Adeogun, coming off a championship conquest for San Beda in the NCAA, and Maiquez figured in a head-butting incident in the third quarter which ended with the NLEX center being thrown out of the game for a flagrant foul (penalty 2).
Maiquez claimed it was Adeogun who pulled his jersey, causing their heads to collide.
“Hinila po niya ako eh. Kaya nabagok yung ulo ko sa kanya. Parang na-headbutt ako,” said the former San Sebastian Stag.
Adeogun also denied being starting the fracas, claiming it Maiquez was very physical with him during the whole game.
“I did not start that. He was hitting me all game," Adeogun said. "I have never been a dirty player. You can look at my games here in the D-League and even in the NCAA … I have never been dirty.”
Both Adeogun and Maiquez have been summoned to appear before PBA commissioner Chito Salud, who personally witnessed the incident.
Fernandez, however, is certain it will never come to a point where Adeogun would be fined by the commissioner, saying it has never been the slotman's nature to deliberately hurt his opponent.
Maiquez's reputation is something else, Fernandez added.
“Ola will not hurt anyone … I know him. He plays for me at San Beda," Fernandez said. "And come to think of it, I also know how Dexter plays. He’s been very physical on Ola.”
Fernandez's claim, however, drew an immediate rebuttal from Big Chill coach Robert Sison, who was quick to point out that Adeogun was the "catalyst" in the much-publicized offseason brawl between San Beda players and the San Sebastian volleyball team that led to a season ban on then Red Lions coach Frankie Lim.
Adeogun was also suspended four games after the incident, Sison added.
"Boyet should check his memory," Sison pointed out.
Sources told Spin.ph that Adeogun is facing a suspension because of the scuffle.