THE PBA Commissioner's Office has summoned TNT Katropa new boy Terrence Romeo for comments he made about officiating after his debut with the Texters on Sunday night.
The flamboyant guard blew hot and cold in his first game with the Texters, which was marred towards the end by three successive violations called on him in the fourth quarter - two on dribbling violations.
Romeo was obviously not happy with the calls and made it known in an interview with reporters after the game.
“Siguro may nakikita yung referee na talagang nakikita niya siguro yung sa galing ibang planeta eh,” Romeo said. “Hindi ko alam kung ano, so siguro next time, mag-aadjust ako, kasi ewan ko kung 'sang planeta siya nag-referee before, eh wala akong magagawa.”
“Pero ‘di bale, adjust na lang ako, sana maka-pasyal ako sa planeta nila next time,” he added.
Asked about Romeo's comments, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the league technical staff is still in the process of reviewing the calls in the Texters' 128-114 win over GlobalPort.
Marcial, however, assured that referees aspire to consistently call 'palming' or 'lifting' violations and there is no deliberate effort to pin down Romeo or any particular player on such violations.
"Basta nag-rest ang bola during the course of the dribble, tatawagan talaga ng palming violation," said the league chief. "It goes for any player. Walang effort to single out Romeo or any other player.
"Basta kung ano nakita, 'yun ang itatawag ng mga referees natin."