Chris Ross says he deserves punishment, sympathizes with suspended referees
"I deserved it," SMB guard Chris Ross says of the P25,800 fine.

CHRIS Ross accepted the penalty that was slapped to him – not for his actions – but his words in the wake of the free-throw controversy late inSan Miguel Beer’s 100-96 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup last Sunday.

The SMB star playmaker incurred a P20,000 fine for issuing statements 'detrimental to the league' after the game where he took a free throw that was supposedly for Chico Lanete.

He was also fined P5,800 for committing two technical fouls.

After the game, Ross had pinned the blame on the referees for making him take the free throw, saying “they covered it up” by calling a technical foul on him.

He was a lot calmer after hearing the news on Tuesday.

“I deserved it (fine), because I said some things after the game that I probably shouldn’t have said,” Ross told after his meeting with Commissioner Willie Marcial on Tuesday. “It was a heat-of-the-moment type of thing. I really got to watch my words, but I own up it.

“So they went about with what they thought was right. I accepted it,” he added. "Now, we can move on and just get better moving forward.”

Ross also sympathized with referees Noy Guevarra, Jerry Borja, Jimmy Mariano, and Mardy Montoya, who were suspended, without pay, for their misjudgments in the chaotic ending.

“For me, I don’t like when you take food off of people’s tables,” Ross said. “Everyone has to survive, everyone has to eat, and then you take money out of their salaries, and stuff like that; it’s bad for everyone. Hopefully everyone learns from it, and hopefully we can just move on.”

Another takeaway for Ross from the meeting with the newly appointed commissioner is seeing the communication lines more open between players and officials.

“I like the fact that we’re discussing,” the Filipino-American guard said. “The positives that come out of this is you don’t just get one side of the story, you get both sides of the story… The gap’s closing between players and officials, and commish.”

“The gap used to be so big as far as communicating what’s going on, what’s happening, but the gap’s closing a bit, so kudos to the office. We had a really good meeting,” he added.

“If something like this can happen, that can only help out our league. Boss Willie’s doing a great job,” he concluded.


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