VETERAN coach Joe Lipa won’t be able to attend games of the Mahindra Enforcers in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
The PBA announced that the indefinite suspension of the Mahindra consultant is still in force after Commissioner Chito Narvasa and Lipa failed to thresh out issues during a brief but intense encounter on Monday at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.
Lipa was suspended by Narvasa for failing to honor a 'non-waivable summon' for statements the legendary coach gave to Spin.ph in reaction to the commissioner's remarks over the basketball skills of Mahindra playing-coach Manny Pacquiao which he termed as 'degrading' and 'uncalled for.'
The former national coach appeared before Narvasa on Monday but the meeting did not end well, according to PBA deputy commissioner Rickie Santos in an interview posted on the league’s official website pba.inquirer.net.
“The suspension stays,” Santos was quoted as saying.
Santos was the only other person present during the meeting, which he described as not having lasted five minutes.
“Coach Joe (Lipa) immediately left when he asked, ‘Am I suspended?' then commissioner Narvasa answered ‘yes,’” Santos recalled about what transpired during the meeting.
The meeting centered on the first memo sent by Narvasa to Lipa asking him to appear before him to explain his statements in reaction to remarks made by the commissioner about Pacquiao during an out-of-the-country game in Dubai two weeks ago.
Lipa said he found the letter ‘accusatory and condescending,’ a claim that was refuted by the league in its official website which released a copy of the Narvasa summon and in an editorialized caption asked, 'Which part is accusatory and condescending?'