PBA commissioner Chito Salud has spared Alaska and San Mig Coffee from penalties over the scuffle that marred the two teams' tune-up match on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Salud said his office has conducted a "thorough investigation" into the incident which started when Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva fouled Alex Mallari on a fastbreak which was ruled flagrant by the referees.
San Mig forward Joe DeVance then reacted by shoving Abueva to the floor as Mixers coach Tim Cone charged to the floor and later confronted Alaska counterpart Luigi Trillo, leading to a heated exchange.
(To view video of the incident, see Watch video of play that ignited Alaska-San Mig fracas and judge for yourself who's at fault)
Salud, however, decided against sanctions on the players and coaches involved.
“Talagang nagkaroon ng verbal altercations as the coaches are wont to do during the offseason,” Salud said. “Nothing serious. Nagkaroon lang ng kaunting initan pero nagkaintindihan naman eventually.”
The league chieftain said he has tasked his referees and officials manning tune-up games to be more strict in implementing rules to avoid a repeat of the incident.
“I issued instructions to make sure na hindi na mauulit 'yung ganyang initan,” Salud said. “Unnecessary yan eh.”
“I guess the long break has taken its toll. Masyadong ganado tuloy ang mga players natin ngayon,” he added.
Salud, meanwhile, has been doing the rounds visiting team practices to explain changes to some league rules that will be implemented starting in the Governors Cup on August 14.
Among the new rules to be implemented are fines for flopping and video reviews of contentious calls involving the 24-second shotclock in the final two minutes of games.
“They are very positive and they agreed with all the new rule changes we proposed, which were eventually approved by the competition committee and the board of governors,” Salud said.
“Now, what we are doing is we go to the teams’ practices to explain to them the new rules,” said Salud.