Star coach Jason Webb hopes Allein Maliksi punishment is what's 'best' for both parties
Star forward Allein Maliksi was absent from the Hotshots’ practice on Thursday, confirming the Hotshots wingman has been suspended indefinitely. Jerome Ascano

STAR coach Jason Webb hopes Allein Maliksi’s punishment is what’s “best” for both parties.

Maliksi was absent from the Hotshots’ practice on Thursday, confirming the Hotshots wingman has been suspended indefinitely after posting a photo on Instagram a few days ago of a shirt that says: “Play Me or Trade Me,” a post he has since deleted just a few hours after uploading it.

“It’s an internal matter,” Webb told Spin.ph on Thursday after practice. “We’re dealing with it as we see fit that is best for the team and best for him as well.”

Webb declined to go into specifics, but said Maliksi, who just signed a two-year contract extension in the offseason, remains a part of the squad.

“He is with the team – let’s put it at that.”

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Teammate Mark Barroca said they will still stand behind Maliksi whatever happens.

“Si coach, kung ano man desisyon, wala na kami dun,” the Hotshots’ starting point guard said.  

“Pero nandito pa rin kami para suportahan siya kahit ano mangyari kasi brother niya pa rin kami, magkaisa pa rin kami lahat,” he was quick to add.

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