MAHINDRA officials are set to file a complaint before the PBA Commissioner's Office, accusing referee Art Herrera of uttering profanities in an exchange with Enforcers guard LA Revilla in a 94-98 loss to Alaska in Dubai on Saturday morning (Manila time), team sources told Spin.ph.
Sources bared Mahindra officials were left enraged by an incident in the third quarter when Revilla calmly approached the referee to question what he felt should have been a foul called on Alaska guard Chris Banchero, only to be met by a tirade from the game official.
"Malumanay siya na nilapitan ni LA, sabi lang nung bata, 'Ref, may foul ba yun?' But instead of explaining his call, minura siya ni Herrera, tama ba sa referee yun? Akala ko ba inaayos ng management ang officiating? Parang mas lumalaki pa ulo ng mga game officials," said the Mahindra official.
Asked how Herrera responded, the Enforcers staffer said, "Grabe sinagot nung herrera kay LA: 'Manahimik ka nga dyan kabago-bago mo, nagrereklamo ka (expletives) mo, sa susunod na magreklamo ka (expletive) yari ka! Word for word yun ha."
"Okay na sana na nagtaas siya ng boses kay LA. Kaso naman yung sabihan mo ng (expletive) yung bata, mali na yun. Siya na nga nagsabi, kabago-bago nung player sa PBA, ganun niya kakausapin," he said.
Asked why the coaching staff did not request for a 'referee substitution,' an innovation introduced by new commissioner Chito Narvasa this season, the official said they had hoped Herrera would be more impartial for the rest of the game.
"Hindi na kami nag request ng referee sub kasi gusto naming makita kung paano pa kami pipituhan nung Herrera. Medyo sablay talaga," he said.
According to the staffer, Mahindra playing-coach Manny Pacquiao tried to talk to Narvasa to air his complaint against Herrera, but failed to do so.
"Pinapatawag ni Cong Manny si commissioner, kaso biglang nawala eh," said the Mahindra official.
The management of the franchise owned by Columbian Autocar Corporation will reportedly file the complaint against Herrera upon the team's arrival in Manila on Sunday.