THIS one Tim Cone certainly wouldn’t like.
The Ginebra coach was slapped with a P5,000 fine for entering the court during the endgame commotion that marred the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series between Barangay Ginebra and Globalport.
Cone was forced to cross over from the sidelines to the court after LA Tenorio got into an altercation with Terrence Romeo at the 3:28 mark of the final quarter of a game the Kings went on to win, 96-85.
Along with Globalport counterpart Franz Pumaren and Tenorio, Cone was called for a technical foul.
Romeo was assessed a flagrant foul technical 2 for hitting Tenorio behind the back. He was subsequently fined P25,000 for the FFP2 infraction and inappropriate gestures shortly after the incident with Tenorio.
Asked about his thoughts later on, the Ginebra coach admitted being left puzzled by the technical foul when his intention was only to pacify both players.
“The only thing I god mad about is I got a technical for going to the court.,” he said. “I’ve always been on the understanding for years – 27 years - I always felt a head coach only can go on the court when a fight or a tussle breaks out because they can be peacemakers.
"No one else can go on the court but head coaches and that’s always been the rule as far as I remember. So I was shocked when they gave me T for going on the court.”
Also fined P25,000 was Alaska’s Calvin Abueva for foisting a ‘stickum’ sign towards the direction of the technical committee and for slamming a chair near the technical committee table.
In all, a total of P87,600 fines were slapped on various personalities during the playoffs. The fines collected will go directly to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund.
Mammoth TnT Katropa import Josh Smith was penalized for P6,000 for committing a technical foul (disrespectfully addressing a game official) and applauding the referee in a sarcastic manner.
Fined P5,000 each for FFP1 infractions were Rain or Shine’s Jewel Ponferada, Jericho Cruz, and import Duke Crews and Cliff Hodge of Meralco.
Another Rain or Shine player in Beau Belga was assessed a P2,000 fine for a technical foul and 'continuously complaining against the referee’s call,' while teammate Jay Washington was P1,600 poorer also for a technical foul for resenting a referees’ call.
Meralco’s Kelly Nabong and Jayson Castro of TnT Katropa were fined P1,00 each for second motion (on Smith) and disrespectfully addressing a game official, respectively, while TnT team manager Virgil Villavicencio was also meted a P1,000 penalty for using profane language.