GLEN Rice Jr. just left a costly memory in Manila before flying back to the US.
The talented but volatile import was fined a hefty $10k by no less than his own team TnT Katropa for his unruly behavior that led to his ejection and thus, ‘an outright violation’ of his contract for the entire PBA Governors Cup.
In a text message farmed out to media outlets late Tuesday evening, TnT management said it has imposed upon Mr. Rice $10,000 as team fine considering his behavior during TnT’s last game which constitutes willful violation and breach of his contract.
The 26-year-old import, son of former NBA star Glen Rice, left the country also Tuesday evening after failing to lead the Katropa to a finals stint in the Governors Cup.
“As a consequence, the team is deducting from his final compensation the amount of the PBA fine plus the team fine,” said in the statement prepared by team manager Virgil Villavicencio.
“This is without prejudice however, to whatever legal right TnT may have against Mr. Rice for damages and other available remedies under contract.”
Rice was ejected in Game Four of the Katropa’s best-of-five semifinals series against defending champion Barangay Ginebra after committing a flagrant foul penalty 1 on rookie Kevin Ferrer and earning a technical foul for throwing the ball on the same player from University of Santo Tomas.
The former NBA player, who also engaged some of his teammates and TnT alternate governor and former league chairman Patrick Gregorio, along with Barangay Ginebra fans in a few heated exchange of words following his ejection at the 1:41 mark of the first quarter, finished with only two points in a 10-minute stint with the Katropa.
TnT led, 35-23, when the incident between Rice and Ferrer occurred.
“His undesirable, unprofessional, unruly, and unsportsmanlike behavior adversely affected not only the team’s image, but the brand and corporate reputation of the PLDT Group as well,” said management in its statement.
‘Mr. Rice, as a professional player, promised to comply with all the team’s rules and regulations and to act or conduct himself in gentlemanly manner at all times so as to project a totally wholesome image for the team and the PLDT group.”