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    Lawrence Chongson faces punishment for rant against PBA over 'lack of D-League parity'

    Nov 2, 2014

    TANDUAY Light coach Lawrence Chongson is facing punishment from the PBA for his rant against the 'lack of parity' in the D-League and the dominance of the MVP group teams.

    PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial said Chongson has been summoned to appear before league officials on Tuesday morning to air his side on controversial comments he made against the PBA-run developmental league.

    Chongson, a controvesial coach who also acts as adviser of PBA player Paul Lee, slammed the league for allowing NLEX and Hapee Toothpaste to form ‘super teams’ that left other team fighting for second place.

    [See Chongson says lack of parity killing D-League due to presence of MVP group's 'super teams']

    Hapee, which has a tie-up with the MVP group, has formed a collection of the best amateur standouts in the league after NLEX jumped to the PBA following run of six D-League championships.

    “’Yung labing-isang teams, puwede ng umatras,” said Chongson. “Bakit ang D-League, ina-allow ‘yun?”

    Marcial hinted that Chongson could face a heavy sanction by the league for his comments, pending the controversial coach’s side on the issue.

    “Mahina ang fine,” Marcial admitted.

    Chongson’s gripe came after the Rhum Masters lost their rights to first round pick Chris Newsome, who became a free agent and signed with Hapee.

    Tanduay Light is also in a tug-of-war for the services of Far Eastern University star Mac Belo, who is listed with the Tamaraws-backed MJM Builders.

    Marcial declined to delve into Chongson’s statements, only saying that rules of the D-League are the same as in the PBA, which has been in place for several years.

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    “Hindi siguro niya alam ang rules ng PBA. It has been there for several years,” said Marcial.

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