PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud declined to comment on the ‘partial walkout’ committed by Rain or Shine in Game Six of the Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night other than saying the summon on team officials had been moved to a later date.
Pressed for comment by Spin.ph about the controversy that marred the title-series of the league’s season-opening conference, Salud said his office has already extended an invitation on Rain or Shine team governor and former chairman Atty. Mamerto Mondragon.
“We have invited Atty. Mondragon to shed light on the incident. That was supposed to be tomorrow (Thursday) but they (Rain or Shine) asked for a postponement,” said Salud.
The commissioner refused to touch on the ‘walkout’ incident.
The summon came in the light of the team walkout instigated by coach Yeng Guiao in the early part of the second half due to what he alleged was ‘unfair’ officiating.
The Elasto Painters though were eventually prevailed upon to return back to the court and resume playing.
As of post time, the Commissioner’s Office has yet to issue a summon on Guiao.
Rain or Shine though faces a P2 million fine for the ‘partial walkout,’ a term coined by the league on a team which walked out of the playing court only to come back and finish the game.
Salud earlier summoned Guiao during the semifinals after he was ejected out of the playing court for two straight games, the last one when he flashed a dirty finger on on Petron forward Arwind Santos.
Guiao had openly criticized officiating in the league even before the walkout.