RYAN Arana was supposed to have his condo unit renovated, so he can have it leased.
That plan, though, is suddenly on hold after the Rain or Shine banger was hit with a P40,000 fine by the PBA Commissioner's Office for trading punches with NLEX's Rico Villanueva in a preseason game last month.
“Nakausap ko na yung kaibigan ko na mag-aayos ng condo ko eh. OK na eh. Gagawin na sana, kaso tumawag ako kanina, sabi ko hold muna,” said Arana on Thursday, shaking his head.
“Ang laki rin kaya ng fine ko. Sakit din sa bulsa yun ha,” added the Pag-Asa, Quezon City-raised dribbler.
A total of P140,000 in fines were meted out by Commissioner Chito Salud, with Villanueva and Arana's teammate Jervy Cruz also fined P40,000 and Rain or Shine rookie Jericho Cruz slapped with a P20,000 penalty.
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Arana told Spin.ph he hopes to negotiate with the PBA if he can be allowed to pay the fine in installments.
“Sana nga payagan ako na hulugan-hulugan. Alam ko pwede naman. Kasi kung biglaan ang bayad, parang ang sakit-sakit sa loob,” he said.
The former De La Salle guard said he has strived to stay away from trouble since the last time he got penalized by the league for 'accidental tripping' Marlou Aquino about four years ago.
“Kaya nga 'yan rin reason kung bakit ayaw ko nang na-i-involve sa gulo, four years na ata since nung last na ma-fine ako,” the Rain or Shine guard said.
“Ang last ko atang summon at fine nung napatid ko si Kuya Marlou (Aquino) ang tagal na nun. Pero hindi ko pa sadya yun. Tapos after nun sabi ko ayaw ko na makipag-away o masangkot sa gulo, i-se-save ko na lang yung pang fine.
“Nag-init rin kasi ang ulo ko nun, kaya nawala ako sa sarili. Pumatol ako,” he added. “Pero natuto na ako.”
Jervy Cruz was also left to regret getting involved in the melee. He was found to have kicked Villanueva during a review of the video taken by the league's referees head Boy Cruz.
“Mabigat talaga 'yung fine ko. P40,000 din yun. Pang tuition na sana ng anak ko yun eh,” said Cruz, who is set to pay the second installment of the tuition of his eldest son Daniel at Chang Kai Shek College.
“Hindi man nagalit yung misis ko, problema mas nahihiya ako. Kasi siyempre, hindi natin maiaalis, siya ang nagba-budget ng expenses namin. Ngayon, kailangan niyang mag-adjust,” added the Guimba, Nueva Ecija pride.
The usually meek Cruz bared that he really had no intention of getting involved in the fight, but instictively hit Villanueva after seeing Arana being overpowered by the taller, bigger NLEX player.
“Syempre, naawa ako kay Ryan kaya medyo nakialam na rin ako. Ganun ka rin naman sa kaibigan mo pag nakita mo nang medyo agrabyado. Pero 'yun mali ko. Next time, alam ko na gagawin ko, aawat na lang talaga ako,” he said.
Rookie guard Jericho Cruz, who was slapped with a 20,000 peso fine for throwing the ball at Villanueva during the fracas, was also filled with regret.
“Lesson learned talaga yun. Imagine, that’s still P20,000. Salary na yan ng isang regular worker. I just threw it away,” said Cruz, who supports a young family with wife Mossah Carlos and seven-month old daughter, Pristine Althea.
“I was just carried away. Si Ryan kasi ang isa sa closest friends ko sa team eh. Syempre, human nature, naibato ko yung bola,” said the Guam-raised cager.
“Pero truly, I will learn from this. Kinabahan rin ako in my first visit to the Commissioner’s Office kahapon. Hindi na mangyayari yun. Ayaw ko na (masangkot sa gulo),” he said.
The three reportedly were given by Salud a lesson in anger management during their 30-minute summon Wednesday afternoon.
Here's a video of the scuffle: