JR Quiñahan fined P50,000 and suspended one game; Jireh Ibañes, Matt Rosser penalized P40k each

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.

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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.”


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