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    Unusual incidents that led to suspensions in Philippine basketball

    Sep 6, 2020
    It is still uncertain what penalties will be handed to former UST coach Aldin Ayo.

    ALDIN Ayo's resignation as head coach of University of Santo Tomas isn't the end of the story for the controversial Bicol bubble.

    The UAAP, through the Board of Trustees (BOT) made up of presidents from all eight member schools, as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ) have yet wrap up their own investigations and, if warranted, hand out penalties.

    On the UAAP's part, the Board of Managing Directors (BMD) has already submitted their recommendations to the BOT, which will decide on the sanctions to those responsible for the training camp that broke quarantine rules.

    The report from the Joint Administrative Order on the resumption of sports and physical activities (Sports JAO) will be submitted to the DOJ on Monday.

    Insiders expect a ban on the coach, which means that Ayo can't take a head coaching job for any UAAP school.

    For now, it's all chatter, but looking back at the history books, there's already precedents when it comes to suspensions.

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    In the case of the UAAP, the last time it handed out a ban was in 2005 when La Salle assistant team manager Manny Salgado was slapped with a lifetime ban for hitting Arwind Santos in the head.

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    Santos and Joseph Yeo exchanged words during the customary handshake after Far Eastern University took the 75-73 Game One squeaker over La Salle in the UAAP Season 68 Finals. That incident eventually saw Salgado sneak in a hit on Santos' nape, with television cameras catching him in the act.

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    Salgado did apologize for his actions, while La Salle condemned the incident, but that did not stop the UAAP from immediately acting on the matter and "perpetually ban Mr. Salgado from personally watching all UAAP sports competitions in all venues thereof."

    The NCAA has also handed out bans in 2012 when the San Beda men's basketball team and San Sebastian women's volleyball team figured in a brawl in December 2011.

    The melee, spurred by alleged racist taunts towards Red Lions center Ola Adeogun, led to coaches Frankie Lim and Roger Gorayeb engaging in a fistfight that soon got their respective teams involved.

    It took two months before the NCAA handed out penalties, with both Lim and Gorayeb being slapped with two-year suspensions. Players, meanwhile, were handed game suspensions for their participation in the fracas.

    That penalty cost Lim a chance to lead San Beda to a three-peat the following season as he resigned from his post.

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    It wasn't until 2015 when he returned to coaching, briefly handing Ginebra in the PBA.

    Lim returned to the collegiate scene in 2018 with the Perpetual Help Altas in the NCAA.

    On the other hand, Gorayeb skipped two seasons, giving the baton to deputy coach Clint Malazo before he returned in 2014.

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    During his NCAA suspension, Gorayeb called the shots for Ateneo, which was then bannered by Alyssa Valdez, Gretchen Ho, and Fille Cainglet, in the UAAP.

    The PBA has also handed out lifetime bans in the past.

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    TNT import Ivan Johnson was the latest to be slapped with the penalty after the reinforcement cursed at then-PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa during the KaTropa's game against Meralco during the 2016 Commissioner's Cup.

    Aside from the lifetime ban, he was also penalized with P250,000 fine, though his apology led to Narvasa downgrading it to a season-long ban and reducing his fine to P150,000.

    Johnson, however, has not made a PBA comeback.

    Four years prior, Puerto Rican import Renaldo Balkman was handed a lifetime ban after choking Petron teammate Arwind Santos out of frustration in a duel against Alaska in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup.

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    He later apologized, and five years later, commissioner Willie Marcial rescinded the ban and allowed Balkman to return to San Miguel no less in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup.

    Controversial Cagayan Valley mentor Alvin Pua was also handed a lifetime ban for punching referee Ben Montero during a PBA D-League game against LiverMarin back in 2015.

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    Then-commissioner Chito Salud called Pua's actions a "dastardly act" and banned him for his "recalcitrant and incorrigible demeanor." Aside from the ban, Pua was also fined P500,000, leading to the pullout of Rising Suns, a perennial contender in the developmental league.

    Pua and Cagayan Valley have not been active in basketball since the ban.

    A mediaman also was handed a ban, as Narvasa barred Spin.ph contributing writer Snow Badua from the pro league's games and activities for what he termed as "irresponsible and deplorable actions" against Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua back in 2015.

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    The television personality was penalized for his tweets which Narvasa said were intended to "malign, embarrass and mortify a person of this association."

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    Badua remains as an active contributor to this website, focusing mostly on cycling, aside from a brief stint as the first commissioner of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

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