UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul is not likely to be suspended despite committing his second unsportsmanlike foul of the season during the Tigers' Final Four match against National University on Saturday.
A league insider who refused to be named said UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato is not expected to penalize Abdul for tackling Bobby Ray Parks as he drove for a layup, causing the Bulldogs star to fall hard on the floor.
A second unsportsmanlike foul that the commissioner deemed was meant to hurt usually merits a one-game suspension. But in Abdul's case, Commissioner Ato Badolato feels there was no intention to hurt, the insider said.
Badolato has yet to hand out his official decision on the matter, as of posting time.
The decision will have a big impact on the league finals where Tigers face the four-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles in a best-of-three series starting on October 6.
The Cameroonian center is the leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker for the Tigers with an average of 16.9 points, 12.2 rebounds and two assists a game. He also leads the team in steals with 1.5 per outing.
Abdul is also one of a few players in the league who can match up with Greg Slaughter, the 6-11 center who is the most dominant force inside for the five-peat-seeking Eagles.
The 6-5 Abdul, who finished second in this season's MVP race, committed his first unsportsmanlike foul against University of the East last September 20.