NLEX is out of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, but Road Warriors wingman Jansen Rios still has an unfinished business with the league.
The 25-year-old Rios was found guilty for a flagrant foul penalty 1 (landing spot) during the January 29 game between the Road Warriors and the Mahindra Floodbuster that cost him a fine of P7,500.
The penalty is the highest incurred on the latest list of penalties handed out by the Commissioner's Office at the tail-end of the all-Filipino Cup eliminations.
Another NLEX player in Eric Camson was also on the list, slapped a P5,000 infraction for a FFP1 during the same game.
The Road Warriors had long bowed out of the race for a quarterfinal berth, ending their elimination round campaign with a 2-9 record.
A total of P34,500 in fines was meted for the games covering the period from January 27 to 29. All monetary fines go directly to the Players’ Trust Fund for the benefit of retired players’ scholarship program.
Three Phoenix players in Prince Caperal, Michael Miranda, and rookie Matthew Wright were P5,000 poorer for the same FFP1 violations in the Fuel Masters’match against Alaska last week.
Others who were fined were Beau Belga (P3,400) for incurring his fourth technical foul during the Rain or Shine-Globalport game, coach Franz Pumaren (P1,600 for second technical foul), Caloy Garcia (P1,000 for technical foul), and John Marion Wilson (P1,000, technical foul).