LIKE Calvin Abueva, Asi Taulava is not yet off the hook on the slapping incident he figured in with San Miguel Beer’s David Semerad during their PBA Governors Cup game last week.
League officials are now in the process of reviewing the play that saw the veteran big man of NLEX get away with a slight slap on the face of the sophomore forward in the aftermath of the commotion involving Semerad and Road Warriors import Henry Walker.
Taulava and Semerad were assessed technical fouls and went on to finish the game which the Beermen won in thrilling fashion, 100-98.
“For sure they’ll review the tape. Whether may fine or suspension depends on how they see the incident,” said media bureau chief Willie Marcial.
If Taulava is suspended, the 6-9 former MVP will sit ou NLEX's game against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The case involving Taulava was brought up following the one-game suspension and P22,000 fine slapped on Alaska’s Calvin Abueva for planting an elbow on the face of Chris Ellis during a play in the fourth quarter of the Aces’ 109-100 overtime win over Ginebra on Sunday.
Abueva wasn’t whistled for a foul although the play was clearly caught by TV cameras.
Also caught on camera was the slight altercation between Taulava and Semerad, who almost went at each other as the 43-year-old NLEX big man came in the aid of Walker.
Semerad earlier forearmed Walker as he tried to fight a pick set-up by Taulava, resulting in a foul called on the former San Beda stalwart.
But the 6-foot-9 Fil-Tongan obviously didn’t like what Semerad did to the NLEX import and went straight and bumped the tough San Miguel forward on the chest.
Semerad retaliated by pushing away Taulava, who was quick to slap the Beerman with his left hand before the two was separated by cooler heads.
Taulava said he only did it to defend the NLEX import who he referred to as his ‘money man.’
“I can’t let him get hurt and let anybody bully him or try to get under his skin,” Taulava told mediamen later on.
“That’s our job: to bully the other guys who try to bully him (Walker).”