CAGAYAN Valley coach Alvin Pua has been slapped with a three-game suspension and fined P50,000 by the PBA for an incident where he had 'physical contact' with two referees in a D-League game.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the sanction was not solely based on the recent incident against Jumbo Plastic Linoleum on Monday but also his actions in the past where he had similar brushes with game officials.
Pua was ejected in the Rising Suns’ game against the Giants for physical contact with two game officials during halftime at the Marikina Sports Center.
Incidentally, the sanction was similar to what the PBA slapped on Pua when the Cagayan Valley coach punched a referee during a practice game in 2012.
Had the punching incident happened in an official game, PBA officials said Pua would have been banned outright from the league.
Since that punching incident involving referee Jessie Jarabejo during a tune-up game against National University, Marcial said there have been a number of instances where Pua again showed disrespect for game officials.
“Nung una, nanuntok ng referee. Tapos ngayon meron na uling incident where he disrespected the referees. Lagi na lang may ganun,” said Marcial in explaining PBA Commissioner Chito Salud’s decision.
Marcial said Pua even snubbed the summon of Salud for an appearance at the PBA office on Friday and a Cagayan Valley team official represented the head coach instead.
With the PBA’s decision, Pua will miss Cagayan Valley’s games against Racal Motors on Monday as well as against AMA University on January 5 and Tanduay Light on January 8.
The Rising Suns are undefeated in six games in the conference.