THE PBA slapped a P50,000 fine and one-game suspension on Rain or Shine big man JR Quiñahan on Thursday for his part in a commotion that almost triggered a brawl late in Game Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Quiñahan was fined P40,000 for throwing the ball at Talk ‘N Text forward Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and P10,000 for taking a fighting stance after his action.
Ganuelas-Rosser and Jireh Ibañes were fined P40,000 each for their flagrant foul penalty 2 infractions caused by engaging each other in excessive physical play that left the former getting his jersey removed and the latter falling into the front row spectator seats.
Quiñahan will miss Game Five of the best-of-seven series on Friday.
The penalties came after league Quiñahan, Ibañes, and Ganuelas-Rosser appeared before commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday.
“This Office considers the act of hitting an opponent with the basketball as a highly-provocative and treacherous act,” the league said in a statement. “It is not unlike throwing a punch without warning and worse, without the attendant risk of retaliation.”
“This Office notes the propensity of players from both teams to engage in unnecessary off-the-ball grappling/jostling, extra motions and trash talking,” the statement added. “These non-basketball moves and actuations will be called.”