LYCEUM has launched an appeal before the NCAA Policy Board after reigning MVP CJ Perez was slapped with a one-game suspension for not informing the league that he has applied for the PBA draft.
The NCAA Management Committee suspended Perez for the first game of the San Beda-Lyceum Finals rematch set on Tuesday due to the infraction.
Perez applied for the PBA draft on October 29 as he was classified as a 'Fil-Foreigner' under league rules. Homegrown rookie hopefuls have until Dec. 3 to file their draft applications.
"Na-classify si CJ Perez as a Fil-foreigner kaya napaaga ang application niya, hindi siya nagpaalam sa NCAA," said a ranking NCAA official, who justified the decision of the Mancomm as a 'no-brainer.'
"Nung Saturday, nakapag-decide ang Mancomm na suspended talaga siya. Napaka-simple nung rule, one liner eh. Dun pa nakalagay 'yung sanction kasama na dun sa rules," he added.
His fate is now hinged on the decision of the Policy Board who will act on the recommendation of the basketball committee. Only the policy board can overturn the decision of the Mancomm.
"Sabi namin mag-appeal ka, ayun ongoing ang appeal sa Policy Board ngayon," he said.
Perez however, isn't the first player to receive such a sanction from the league under more or less the same circumstances.
San Sebastian's Leo Najorda was suspended back in 2005, and so was Yousef Al Jamal of San Beda back in 2007 for applying for the PBA draft without the NCAA's permission.
Until the board comes up with a resolution, Perez remains suspended for the opener of the best-of-three championship series.
"As of now ang status ni CJ for Tuesday is suspended, until may decision ang policy board," he added.
Reached for comment, Pirates coach Topex Robinson said he's focusing on the things that he can control.
"Hindi ko na kontrolado 'yun, basta ako I'm here to win a championship, I'm gonna focus my 100 percent tomorrow."