THE PBA is set to summon four players including star player Stanley Pringle to shed light on the fracas that marred the tune-up match between NorthPort and Columbian Dyip last week.
Aside from Pringle, also set to appear before the Commissioner’s Office is teammate NorthPort teammate Moala Tautuaa as well as the Columbian Dyip duo of Jay-R Reyes and Reden Celda.
Summon letters have already been given to management of both teams last week.
The four will be asked to ‘shed light on their alleged involvement in the incident’ during the NorthPort Batang Pier-Columbian Dyip tune-up game, a part of the letter read.
Commissioner Willie Marcial and the rest of the PBA board had just left for Doha, Qatar for the Fiba World Cup qualifiers when the incident happened last Feb. 19 at the Greemeadows gym.
But the PBA chief vowed to immediately act on the matter when the league delegation arrives from Kazakhstan late Monday night.
“Nabalitaan ko yun kaya pinadalhan na namin ng summon letters yung dalawang teams,” said Marcial from the Kazakhstan capital of Astana on Monday prior to the PBA delegation's departure for Manila.
“Kakausapin namin sila kung ano ba ang nangyari. Kung may tape nung game, mas maganda para ma-review natin ng husto,” he added.
In the middle of the scuffle were Pringle and Reyes, who got entangledwhile positioning for a rebound under the Columbian Dyip basket. All hell broke loose after that, prompting both sides to decide not to continue with the game, which the Batang Pier led, 87-64, with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Reyes was taken to the Cardinal Santos hospital afterwards as his left face was swollen aside from suffering a lump at the back of his head. He was advised by doctors to rest for three days.
The two teams played the tune-up game during the two-week break in the Philippine Cup to give way to Team Pilipinas’ campaign in the sixth and final window of the qualifiers.