LEAGUE officials were quick to fire a warning on Wednesday as word got around that Big Chill plans to defy the PBA Commissioner's Office and not pay the P150,000 fine slapped on the team for staging a 'partial walkout' in a D-League game.
"We will not allow them to play. Malinaw sa rules 'yan, kahit sa players 'pag di sila nagbayad ng fine, automatically banned sila maglaro until magbayad sila," said Willie Marcial, PBA's media bureau chief and a special assistant to Commissioner Chito Salud.
The amiable league official admitted to Spin.ph that information had indeed reached their office about the alleged plan of the Superchargers not to pay the fine.
"Yes, may mga nagsasabi sa atin na may ganun nga daw plano. Kaya kami naman, we are just reminding them of the rules," Marcial stressed.
However, embattled Big Chill coach Robert Sison was quick to deny the rumor, saying team boss James Tiu was in a business meeting in Bataan the whole day of Tuesday and couldn't attend to the matter.
"Hindi totoo 'yun. Magbabayad kami. Hindi pwedeng hindi," said the outspoken Superchargers mentor. "Busy pa kasi sa business si Boss James kaya hindi namin maabala tungkol 'dun.
"Pero nag-text na siya that he will talk to commissioner na raw about it. But we're talking of rules here at aware kami dun," said Sison, who instigated the walkout late in the second quarter of a loss to Blackwater Sports on Monday at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.
The former San Beda Red Lion bared the team practiced on Tuesday and is scheduled to do so again on Wednesday in preparation for its next game.
"Kung wala kaming balak magbayad, sasabihin namin agad 'yun. May ensayo pa nga kami bukas eh. Kanina nag ensayo din kami," said Sison.
The fiery mentor also shared the gist of his meeting with Salud on Thursday afternoon where he personally expressed his apology for whatever confusion he had brought to the fans.
"Humihingi ako ng aplogy kay commissioner, sabi ko may isyu ako sa officiating. Helpless ako nun. May mga non-calls kasi na parang hindi ako pinapansin," said Sison.
"Switch all sila (Blackwater sa depensa) eh. Kinakapitan nila mga big men ko tapos minamama yung players ko. So spur of the moment. Winolk-out ko," he added. "May maling desisyon mo. Ayun nangyari yun."
Sison, however, was firm in his initally claim that he only wanted to send a message to the game officials.
"Sana lang may mga pagbabagong mangyari after that. Hindi naman sa sinasabi kong mabago totally. Sana man lang maging consistent ang officiating," said the youthful coach.
Sison also shared a conversation he had with PBA technical head Luisito 'Boy' Cruz where he said the latter admitted that consistency has been hard to attain for game officials.
"Sabi niya, 'Matagal na rin daw niyang hinahanap yung consistency ng mga game officials. Hindi raw nila talaga makita kita.' So sabi ko kailangan talaga nilang i-address yun."