ALEX Cabagnot has been fined P20,000 for 'unsportsmanlike behavior' even if he wasn't called for a foul in an alleged hit to the groin area of RJ Jazul in Game Four of the San Miguel-Phoenix semifinal series in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The penalty was assessed by the PBA Commissioner's Office after a review of the game tape done by the league's technical committee of the incident that marred the Beermen's 114-91 win over the Fuel Masters on Tuesday night.
The league re-classified the act as flagrant foul penalty 2, which had it been called by the refs would have led to the ejection of the San Miguel Beer guard.
But the PBA clarified that since no call was made by the referees on Cabagnot, there was no way the technical committee can overrule the three officials.
Explaining its decision, the committee said that although it couldn't review non-calls, it is still mandated to review such incidents even without a formal complaint or inquiry "for the good of the PBA and basketball in general."
After the review, the committee assessed the fine on Cabagnot.
Phoenix coach Louie Alas and Jazul himself were adamant that he was hit in the groin area by Cabagnot - a claim that couldn't be backed by conclusive video evidence when it was reviewed on the floor.
"The unacceptable behavior of players doing dirty tricks, purposely done and hidden from the referee's view, cannot be ruled upon immediately by the referee. The referees do not have the automatic benefit of a video review in the event of a non-call," the PBA said in a statement.
"As part of its duties, the Technical Committee regularly reviews the games' calls and non-calls even in the absence of formal inquiries and complaints," the league added.
"Given that it is the policy of the league to review incidents like the above mentioned for the good of the PBA and the sport of basketball, the Office of the Commissioner imposes a fine against Mr. Alex Cabagnot of the San Miguel Beermen for his unsportsmanlike behavior in Game 4.
"Likewise, rest assured that all players displaying unsportsmanlike behavior are being fined and will be fined accordingly."
Cabagnot's fine was the biggest to be slapped in the latest round of penalties to be issued by the league on both the Beermen and the Elasto Painters.
Rookie Ron Denison and Jaypee Mendoza were each given P5,000 fines for committing flagrant foul penalty 1 while Kelly Nabong was fined P3,400 for his fourth technical foul this conference.
For the two technical fouls he committed that led to his ejection, Alex Mallari was given a total of P2,600 fines.
Penalized P1,600 each for taunting were Arwind Santos, Jason Perkins and Rosser.