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    Johnny A fined P10,000 for flashing middle finger at Converge import

    Jan 30, 2023
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    Magnolia Hotshots assistant coach Johnny A regrets his action, says PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JOHNNY Abarrientos was slapped with a P10,000 fine for the obscene gesture toward Converge import Jamaal Franklin.

    The penalty was made after PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial talked to the Magnolia deputy coach a day after the incident that marred the Governors Cup game between Magnolia and Converge.

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    The legendary cager deeply regrets his action and apologized on the matter.

    "Sobrang apolegetic siya," said Marcial of his conversation with Abarrientos.

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      Marcial talked to Abarrientos on Monday to get his side on the incident that took place in the final 65 seconds of the highly-physical and highly-emotional game which Converge won, 111-109.

      Franklin just converted on a buzzer-beating three that extended the FiberXers' lead to 111-105.

      As Magnolia sued for timeout, Abarrientos was caught by TV camera poking a dirty finger while Franklin was passing by the Hotshots' bench.

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      Abarrientos, the 1996 MVP and one of the 25 Greatest Players in the PBA, said it was a spur of the moment thing, according to Marcial.

      "Bugso lang daw ng damdamin. Kaya very apologetic siya," added the commissioner.

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      Magnolia Hotshots assistant coach Johnny A regrets his action, says PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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