RIVAL fans of both the Meralco Bolts and the Alaska Aces may be left wondering why there were no suspensions handed out after the skirmish involving Jared Dillinger, Calvin Abueva and Gary David.
But for league commissioner Chito Salud, handing out a ban would be unfair as there was no clear violence that erupted during the controversial incident last Friday.
“Tingin ko kasi yung mga nangyari sa game na yun hindi naman violente. Una, hindi naman sila nagsuntukan. Hindi nagwala. Hindi sila nag out of control,” stressed Salud.
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“Bugso ng damdamin at hindi umabot dun sa punto na napaka-violente na nila para magbigay tayo ng suspension." - PBA commissioner Chito Salud
“At kung makikita mo yung nangyari … panandalian lang. Bugso ng damdamin at hindi umabot dun sa punto na napaka-violente na nila para magbigay tayo ng suspension,” added the lawyer.
Salud has been known to hand out stiff penalties for acts detrimental to the league, which includes a fistfight involving Kelly Nabong, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance that marred the San Mig-GlobalPort game last September.
[See video of the incident here]
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio expressed satisfaction with the way Salud handled the controversy.
“I will not question the judgment of the commissioner. Historically, he has proven that he hands out fair decisions,” said Gregorio in an interview with Spin.ph.
“Knowing the importance of our game, it is nice to know that both JD (Dillinger) and Gary David will be able to play against Rain or Shine,” added the outspoken coach.
Alaska mentor Luigi Trillo earlier expressed confidence in how Salud weighs situations.
“It’s nice to meet with Com (Salud) because he’s open to hearing us out,” said the reigning PBA Coach of the Year.
Meanwhile, Salud issued another stern warning to PBA players that they can't get away with foul tactics in the pro league.
“Ang purpose dyan (summon and reprimand), malaman ng mga players na nakikita ng liga kung ano ang nangyayari sa mga players sa laro. Hindi nakakalagpas sa pansin ng PBA ang mga antics nila,” Salud said.
“At dapat nilang tandaan na lagi akong may panahon para pag-aralan, busisiin at disiplinahin ang mga lalabag sa batas ng liga, particular na sa mga laro,” added the league commissioner.