RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was slapped with a fine by the PBA Commissioner's Office for flashing a dirty finger at the referees during the Painters' 84-97 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.
Guiao opted to waive his appearance before Commissioner Chito Salud on Wednesday morning, not bothering to explain his side after he was caught on camera making the gesture at the refs after what he felt was a miscall on a foul slapped on Rain or Shine rookie Jeric Teng on Ginebra's Jayjay Helterbrand.
The multi-titled coach, also a congressman representing the first district of Pampanga, has also admitted to Spin.ph that he flashed the dirty finger out of frustration at the refs' calls, and that it was not the first time he did it in a game.
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Although the Commissioner's Office did not disclose the amount of the penalty, officials said it was "not more than P10,000."
Asked if such a penalty doesn't amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for a behavior that has attracted widespread condemnation online, the official said the pro league has standard penalties for such violations which the PBA by-laws consider as "stickom."
It was readers, in fact, who had posted Guiao’s photo flashing the dirty finger on Spin.ph’s official Facebook page on Monday with a short message: “Hope this photo will reach the commissioners office for proper action on this fellow!”
Still, the penalty is just the latest for Guiao, who is one of the fiercest critics of officiating in the league having paid thousands of pesos in fines either for ejections, technical fouls, or comments critical to referees and league officials in past seasons.