CAGAYAN Valley team manager Frederick Collado went on another tirade on Friday, blasting the PBA for what he termed as harsh penalties slapped on rising Suns head coach Alvin Pua for mauling a referee in a D-League match.
Moments after emerging from a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Salud, Collado said the P500,000 fine slapped on Pua on top of the lifetime ban shows the league is 'desperate for money.'
“Double black eye ‘yun. Sinuspend mo na, finine mo pa. Saan sila nakakuha ng basis? Lumalabas na desperado sila sa pera masyado,” Collado to Spin.ph.
“Desperate na ba ang PBA na magpa-multa? Dapat ‘yung PBA, dapat Pera Basketball Association. Hindi na Philippine,” added Collado, who was fined P20,000 himself for critical comments labelling the quality of officiating in the D-League as “pang-inter barangay.”
Collado said the team will still discuss whether they will pay the fine, although he already made it clear that the Rising Suns will quit the league at the end of the Foundation Cup.
"Pag-uusapan ng team 'yun," Collado said.
On Friday, Pua was banned from all PBA-related activities after punching referee Benjie Montero on Thursday during the Rising Suns’ match against Livermarin.
The PBA said it will also recommend to the national basketball governing body, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), to extend the life ban on the controversial coach to all SBP-sanctioned events.
The PBA said it will also assist Montero if he decides to pursue civil or criminal action against Pua.
Collado also blasted the PBA officials for the way they are running the D-League, accusing them of bias while questioning why Hapee is being allowed to have two foreigners in its lineup.
“Saan ka nakakita ng teams na ang Hapee lang ang may dalawang import?” said Collado, referring to Hapee’s Ola Adeogun and Kirk Long.