THE PBA, for now, will not be sanctioning the players involved in the melee during the controversial Fiba World Cup Asian qualifier match between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said they will wait for the result of the investigation of Fiba in the brawl involving Gilas Pilipinas and Australia on Monday night at the Philippine Arena before coming into a decision.
“As of now, wala kasi hinihintay talaga namin ‘yung investigation ng Fiba. Then siguro saka kami magko-convene uli,” said Marcial during the press conference after meeting with the Gilas Pilipinas players on Thursday.
Nine Gilas players are facing sanctions from Fiba after their involvement in the brawl that erupted when Australia cager Daniel Kickert hit RR Pogoy with a forearm in the third quarter of the heated match.
Aside from Pogoy, also facing penalties from Fiba are naturalized player Andray Blatche and PBA players Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Allein Maliksi.
This early, however, Marcial said the PBA will definitely appeal if the possible sanction will also cover the league’s games of the players.
“Depende kung ano ang desisyon ng Fiba. Kung suspension hanggang sa Fiba, susundin namin. Kung suspension hanggang PBA, aapila kami,” said Marcial.
Marcial met with the Gilas players on Thursday night where he told the team during a closed-door meeting to not repeat the fighting incident in the PBA.
Joining the Gilas players in the meeting are Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary general Patrick Gregorio.
“Pinagsabihan namin sila na sana hindi maulit lalo na sa PBA,” said Marcial.
“Hihintayin lang namin ‘yung imbestigasyon ng Fiba. Katulad ng sinabi ni president Al (Panlilio), hindi pa namin alam ang mangyayari. Ang sa amin lang, move on na tayo. Sorry sa mga nasaktan,” added Marcial.