THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has imposed a 30-day grace period before it begins an independent probe into the fight that marred the tune-up game between Columbian Dyip and NorthPort.
GAB chairman Abraham Mitra said his office will start its own hearing on a complaint filed by Columbian back-up slotman JayR Reyes against NorthPort's Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa once the PBA decides on the motion for reconsidertion the former will file before the league.
The PBA suspended Pringle for one game and fined him P75,000 for hitting Reyes during a tune-up match between the Dyip and Batang Pier last Feb. 19 at the Greenmeadows gym in Pasig.
Tautuaa, who Reyes also claimed hit him during the melee, escaped suspension and was fined a 'minimal fee' for second motion, said Commissioner Willie Marcial.
Apparently not happy with the PBA decision, Reyes filed a complaint before the GAB in the hope of getting stiffer penalties for the two NorthPort players.
GAB already conducted a preliminary hearing on the case presided by legal counsel Atty. German Benitez, with all three players in attendance at the GAB office along with their respective legal counsels.
They were refrained from talking about the incident, however, with their lawyers speaking on their behalf.
Reyes has already submitted pertinent documents before the GAB, including videos and witnesses' accounts on the incident.
While Mitra respects the rules and regulations of the PBA, he said his office is compelled to act on the matter since there was a complaint filed before GAB by Reyes.
"Kami naman sa GAB ay hindi puwedeng magpabaya dahilan sa may nagrereklamo," said the former congressman.