VETERAN forward Gary David has been hit with a one-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount by Meralco for refusing to play late in the Bolts' loss to NLEX on Friday.
The punishments were announced by the PBA ballclub on its official website, two days after David rued his lack of playing time in a 99-104 loss to sister team NLEX at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
According to the organization, David declined to play when Meralco coach Norman Black asked him to check into the game with four minutes left in the game.
In an interview with Spin.ph after the game, David did not hide his frustration over lack of playing time.
After an investigation, Meralco said it became clear that there was 'no physical impediment for Gary not to enter the game.'
As a result, David was meted the suspension and fine for "1. Insubordination; 2. Lack of dedication to the team; 3. Breach of contract which states that he’s obligated to play in official PBA games at all times," the team said.
"Management finds Gary’s behavior unacceptable in different levels," the team said.
"The Bolts still support Gary as a member of the team, but sanctions have to be imposed to maintain discipline and alignment with Meralco’s team culture."