GARY David wholeheartedly accepted the one-game suspension and fine meted on him by Meralco management for what it deemed was an act of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of contract’ on the part of the veteran gunner.
Danny Espiritu, who represents the 37-year-old wingman, said David is definitely aware of the consequences of his action made during the Bolts’ 104-99 loss to NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last week.
“Tanggap ko naman ‘yung desisyon nila,” Espiritu quoted David as saying to him.
David had a meeting with coach Norman Black and team manager Paolo Trillo shortly after the team practice on Sunday.
A few hours later, they decided to suspend David and fine him an undisclosed amount for his refusal to enter the game at the final 4:30 mark, using the hurting right ankle injury he sustained in a road game in Legazpi City last week as his convenient excuse.
But the team concluded immediately after the game that there was 'no physical impediment for Gary not to enter the game.'
The Bolts said David was suspended on the grounds of 'insubordination, lack of dedication to the team, and breach of contract.'
The suspension takes effect on the Bolts’ next game against Blackwater this Friday.
Meralco management refused to divulge the amount of the fine slapped on the veteran shooting guard, with Trillo simply saying, “we’re still deciding on the exact amount (for the fine) but it will be commensurate to his salary and time missed.”
Espiritu understands where David is coming from.
“Out of frustration na rin yun, kasi lamang sila nung una, tapos biglang nabaligtad yung sitwasyon pagdating ng second half,” said the veteran players’ agent.
At the same time though, he also explained to David that he has an obligation to play for the team.
“Win or lose yan. Pag pinasok ka ng coach, maglalaro ka,” he said. “Naintindihan niya naman yun.”
In fairness to Meralco, Espiritu said management has not mentioned anything about trading David to other teams yet.
“It only means gusto pa rin nila si Gary,” said Espiritu. “Siyempre ang trade naman hindi player ang kikilos niyan, management ang mag-iinitiate nyan. But so far, never silang nagbanggit about trade."
Black said the talk with David went well, and in as much as he’s after the welfare of his player, the champion mentor said management had to do what is needed to be done.
“We have to implement this because we can’t allow these actions to happen in the team,” he stressed.