TNT Katropa personnel led by coach Nash Racela, make up majority of the latest to be fined by the Office of the Commissioner in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Racela was fined P7,500 for disrespectful gestures for repeatedly contesting the non-goal tending violation on Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee as he went for a block on the shot of TnT Katropa counterpart Joshua Smith.
The incident occurred in Game Two of the best-of-five series won by the Texters, 107-103.
Veteran Ranidel De Ocampo meanwhile, got a combined P6,000 fine for Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 (FFP1) infraction and incurring a technical foul for disrespectfully addressing a game official, respectively, while Kelly Williams was the recipient of a P5,000 penalty for a similar FFP1 violation.
Smith, the massive TnT reinforcement, was called for a technical foul for continuously complaining against the referee’s call (second offense) worth P1,600.
Chris Ross of San Miguel and and Ginebra’s Sol Mercado were the only two other players fined outside of TnT.
Ross was hit with a fine of P3,400 for getting a technical for resentment to a referee’s call (fourth offense). The San Miguel guard questioned the foul called on him by insisting he had a clean block against Star import Ricardo Ratliffe underneath during Game Two of their semis series won by the Beermen, 77-76.
Mercado on the other hand, was whistled a technical foul for using profane language (2nd offense) and given a fine of P1,600.
The monetary fines incurred goes directly to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund.