AFTER Yeng Guiao, now it’s Norman Black.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud slapped the Talk `N Text coach with a hefty P30,000 fine for his recent post-game rant on officiating following the Tropang Texters’ 82-90 loss to San Mig Coffee in their knockout match for a berth in the PLDT myDSL-Philippine semifinals.
They Said It!
“Sinasabi ni coach Norman yung bakit wala daw foul sa fourth quarter. Na-fine siya ni (commissioner) dahil sa mga sinabi niya sa press." PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial
League media bureau chief Willy Marcial said Black met with Salud on Monday as the one-time Grand Slam coach complained about what he termed as “ridiculous” fouls called on his team in the fourth quarter of the match held two weeks ago.
The loss cost Talk ‘N Text not just the game, but eventually, its bid for a fourth straight All-Filipino championship.
“Sinasabi ni coach Norman yung bakit wala daw foul sa fourth quarter. Na-fine siya ni (commissioner) dahil sa mga sinabi niya sa press,” Marcial told Spin.ph on Thursday.
The fine meted on Black came a day after Guiao, the fiery Rain or Shine coach, was slapped with a P100,000 penalty on top of a one-game suspension for his similar rant about officiating in the Elasto Painters ongoing semifinals series against Petron.
The stats sheet of the fateful Game Three between Talk `N Text and San Mig revealed the Tropang Texters were whistled for 11 fouls in the fourth quarter compared to one for the Mixers.
The Mixers went on to shoot nine of the 16 foul shots awarded to them during the stretch, enabling them to pull away in a tightly-fought game marked by eight deadlocks and 17 lead changes.
On the other hand, the Tropang Texters failed to take a single foul throw in the final period, which got the ire of Black.
The win sent San Mig to a best-of-seven semifinal showdown with top seed Barangay Ginebra. The series is currently tied at 2-all.
Talk ‘N Text team owner Manny V. Pangilinan joined Black in blasting game officials on his Twitter account shortly after the game.
“Nayari kami sa 4th quarter. Very bad officiating tonight. Maxim - sports give fair and equal chances to protagonists. Why cant we see that, and practice it?” Pangilinan said on his official Twitter account @iamMVP.