THE fine can wait for Rodney Brondial.
The Magnolia big man got hitched on Holy Tuesday and need not worry about an anticipated penalty for his hit on Chris Ross late in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals between San Miguel and Magnolia on Sunday night.
Brondial knocked Ross down to the floor following a blind pick that escaped the attention of game officials. The Beermen were then coasting to victory with a 90-74 lead and just 62 seconds left in the game when the incident took place.
The Commissioner’s Office has already informed Brondial of the possible fine. But he was granted a reprieve to enjoy his wedding.
But that doesn’t mean the fourth year big man out of Adamson has gotten away scot-free.
“Meron yun,” said Commissioner Willie Marcial. “Nakiusap nga na kung puwede later na lang daw kasi nga ikakasal siya.”
Brondial tied the knot with fiancé Caryl Adriatico on Tuesday.
Details of the fine however, wasn’t made available.
The incident between Brondial and Ross came several plays after the San Miguel Beer guard resorted to what veteran TV panelist Quinito Henson referred to as ‘taunting’ when he ball-faked the Magnolia bench twice shortly after intercepting an under goal pass by rookie Rob Herndon.
Ross’ antics elicited reactions from veteran Peter June Simon and deputy Johnny Abarrientos.
Then Brondial came in for Rafi Reavis in the final two minutes and the three-time reigning champion protecting a 13-point lead. Arwind Santos just hit a three-pointer at the other end, before the Magnolia back-up ‘blind-sided’ Ross during the Hotshots’ possession.
As Ross was down on the floor, game analyst and Meralco coach Norman Black said, “You can see this coming about five minutes ago. Since then, the intensity has really picked up for both teams, and the physicality, I believe, will carry over into the next game.”
Quick on the draw, fellow panelist Sev Sarmenta added, “At least, they’ll have the Holy Week to contemplate on the meaning of life.”
Incidentally, Ross will also be meted a minimal fine: For incurring a technical foul after failing to report to the officials’ table early in the fourth quarter.