Terrence Romeo the latest player to incur fine as PBA crackdown continues
A PBA referee keeps a close watch on a dribbling Terrence Romeo. Jerome Ascano

GLOBALPORT star Terrence Romeo has become the latest player to take a hit as players’ fines continues to mount in the PBA Governors Cup.

The prolific shooting guard was slapped a P2,600 fine for 'disrespectfully addressing an official' leading to a technical foul during the Batang Pier’s 133-106 blowout loss to Alaska on Wednesday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Romeo was whistled for consecutive dribbling violations in the second period which the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart vocally protested, resulting in a technical foul against him.

During the post game interview, the 24-year-old pride of Imus, Cavite admitted being annoyed by the call.

“May mga ibang part ng game na pumasok yung inis sa isip ko,” he said.

“God bless na lang doon sa tatlo, ayokong pangalanan, pero ang popogi nila,” added Romeo in sarcastic tone, apparently referring to the three who officials who called the game.

It is yet to be known whether Romeo’s post-game comments would also earn him a separate penalty.

[See Romeo unable to contain frustration over refs' calls]

Romeo’s fine was part of a total of P19,200 penalty meted on three players including Blackwater’s John Pinto and GlobalPort import Mike Glover.

Pinto was actually the recipient of the biggest fine at P10,000 for two flagrant foul 1 infractions he committed in the Elite’s 93-81 loss to Phoenix also on Wednesday. The setback formally slammed the door on Blackwater’s playoffs hope in the season-ending conference.

Glover meanwhile, was penalized P5,000 for flopping and an additional P1,600 for the technical foul called on him for pointing an accusing finger.

Just the other day, the Commissioner’s Office fined a handful of players for various infractions that totaled P63,500.

Aside from Romeo and Co., Eman Monfort and JR Quinahan were each fined P5,000 for similar flagrant foul 1 violation they committed during the Rain or Shine-NLEX match last Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Star player Alex Mallari meanwhile, was charged P1,000 for pulling down his shorts in front of the watching public.

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