A LAST-DITCH appeal by NLEX on the one-game suspension of Asi Taulava has been denied by the PBA Commissioner's Office, but officials have not ruled out elevating the matter to the league board.
Taulava was handed a one-game ban and fined P32,500 for slapping San Miguel forward David Semerad in their Governors Cup game on Friday night, ruling him out of the Road Warriors' match against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday.
While a high-ranking official had no issue with the decision per se, he admitted that the late PBA decision had compromised NLEX's preparations for the game against Ginebra.
According to the NLEX boss, the team received a copy of a memo detailing the summon on Taulava and a warning of possible sanctions only on Monday - a good three days after the NLEX-SMB game and just two days before the Ginebra match.
On the other hand, Taulava was summoned to appear before Commissioner Chito Narvasa on Tuesday afternoon while the decision was announced later in the day, on the eve of the Ginebra match.
“May letter sila the other day, kaya nga na-appeal namin kahapon (Tuesday) pero Friday pa kasi yung game eh, medyo mabagal talaga (ang resolution),” said the official who asked not to be named.
“If we were given ample time, we could have presented our argument better. Time constraints din eh, kaya nung nag decide sila na denied ang appeal, hindi na rin kami kumibo, tinanggap na lang namin,” he added.
But that doesn't mean NLEX officials will take the incident sitting down.
“It’s part of the issues that might be raised (to the board), although natanggap na namin (yung suspension) wala nang magagawa eh pero possible, ire-raise namin yun,” said the Metro North Tollways official.