A DAY after being slapped a hefty fine by the PBA, Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos said he respects the rules of the league but stands by his criticism of the officiating in the Energy's 88-90 loss to San Mig Coffee on Tuesday night.
Ramos appeared before Commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday and was subsequently fined P30,000 for comments made to Spin.ph that the officiating in the Barako-San Mig game was "the worst I've ever seen in my entire career."
On Friday, Ramos stood pat on what he said.
They Said It!
“P30,000 is big money but I will pay for it... I will never regret what I have done and I will stand by what I have said... Twenty-nine free throws in a quarter is the worst officiating (I've seen) in my life!" - Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos
"P30,000 is big money but I will pay for it. But I will never regret what I have done and I will stand by what I have said," Ramos told Spin.ph in a telephone interview.
"Twenty-nine free throws in a quarter is the worst officiating (I've seen) in my life," he added.
Ramos, who had successful coaching stints in Indonesia and Brunei, also aired the hope that his penalty may serve as 'his sacrifice' that would lead to better officiating in the pro league.
Already, the Barako Bull has found an ally in Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, who told Spin.ph that Ramos has all the reasons to question the officiating after a game that saw the referees award 29 free throws to San Mig in the fourth quarter and 17 to the Energy the whole game.
"Sa akin naman, sinabi ko na 'yun eh. Alangan namang bawiin ko dahil pinatawag ako," the soft-spoken coach said. "I am just hoping na kahit papano, madidinig ang munting salita ko.
"Mahal ko din naman ang liga. Kaya kung may nasabi man ako, hindi ito para siraan (ang liga) kundi para tulungan pa ngang mas mapaganda," he added.
Ramos revealed little details of his thirty-minute meeting with Salud, other than bare that they focused on an interactive review of the calls in the controversial game with Salud and members of the PBA technical team.
The review apparently didn't change Ramos' opinion of the officiating in that particular game.
"Ako before I came up with a statement, ilang ulit kong pinag-isipan yun bago ko ginawa. And that time, I thought it was time to speak out," insisted Ramos.
"I said it. I stand by it!"