THE PBA has cracked the whip on Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao for his confrontation with Meralco forward Cliff Hodge at the end of Game Two of their Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series last Wednesday.
The league on Friday slapped a P100,000 fine on the fiery Elasto Painters mentor, who tried to confront Hodge and later called him a "mongoloid" after the Meralco player committed a hard foul on ROS center Raymond Almazan in the dying seconds of the Painters’ 102-93 win.
“We find the conduct of coach Guiao unbecoming and unacceptable on two counts: first, accosting and insulting a player with total disregard for civility and circumspection; second, using the word “mongoloid”,” PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in a statement.
“Its use shows a lack of sensitivity to persons with disabilities and is particularly hurtful to the class of people suffering from the disorder, their families, and friends.”
“The PBA, its players, and officials have to be aware that the use of words with pejorative tones has no place in the league that regards itself as an institution our youth can look up to as an example,” he added.
The fine adds to the growing list of penalties for Guiao, who met briefly with the commissioner on Friday.
The multi-titled mentor has now racked up fines totalling over P1.35 million in his career - including P426,000 in the last Philippine Cup where he was assessed a total of 16 technicals while leading a Rain or Shine walkout in the finals opposite San Mig.
Hodge was also meted with a P20,000 penalty as his closed-fist hit on Almazan that led to a foul was upgraded to a flagrant foul 2 “for being excessive and unnecessary.”