TNT import Joshua Smith slapped with P30K fine for rant on Game 5 officiating
Joshua Smith got slapped with a P30,000 fine for his rant on the officiating in Game 5. Jerome Ascano

TNT KaTropa import Joshua Smith is about to pay a heavy price as the PBA slapped a P30,000 fine for his rant on the officiating in their 102-111 loss to San Miguel Beer in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

The league announced the hefty fine on the hulking TNT import on Saturday, less than 24 hours after Smith blasted the referees who officiated the game that saw the Beermen take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

"TNT KaTropa import Josh Smith is fined P 30,000 for issuing statements detrimental to the league," the PBA announced on its official social media accounts.

Smith did not hold back on his views in the officiating of Friday's game as he talked to reporters after the match.

[See Smith blasts officiating in TNT's Game Five loss]

"PBA officials are terrible," he said, shortly after the loss.

"Number 14, 17 and 40. The PBA officials are terrible," added Smith, referring to all but one of the referees who called the game in Peter Balao, Noy Guevara, Rey Yante and Mau Orieste. 

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