PBA commissioner Chito Salud has summoned Daniel Orton to appear before him on Friday following his rant against KIA playing-coach Manny Pacquiao and league referees shortly after Purefoods' shock 84-95 loss on Wednesday night.
Salud is set to to meet the controversial import at 1 p.m. at the league office to hear his side on the controversy before deciding on whether penalties are in order for a tirade that saw Orton diss Pacquiao's foray into the PBA as 'a joke' and slam referees for 'making a mockery of the game.'
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial declined to comment when asked if penalties are in order for the NBA veteran, who has figured in skirmishes during his stints not only in the NBA but also in China's professional league prior to joining the Hotshots in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
However, league officials speaking on condition of anonymity expect Salud to come down hard on the Purefoods import, not so much for his comments about Pacquiao but for his tirade against the referees.
"Doon s'ya madadale," said a league official.
Matched up against 7-foot-3 KIA import Peter John Ramos, Orton played just 19 minutes for Purefoods because of foul trouble, finishing with six points and three rebounds.
Purefoods is 1-2 (win-loss) with Orton after going a perfect 3-0 with stand-in import Marqus Blakely.