THE UAAP on Friday denied an appeal made by the University of the Philippines against the three-game ban slapped on head coach Bo Perasol for his rant against the referees in the Maroons' loss to Ateneo over the weekend.
League commissioner Jensen Ilagan upheld his punishment on the Fighting Maroons coach following his outburst during Sunday's game against Ateneo which led to two technical fouls and an automatic ejection.
The decision understandably did not sit well with lawyers of the UP Maroons, who said Ilagan, by denying the motion for reconsideration, had “passed up an opportunity to right an egregious wrong.”
In a statement released by UP, lawyer Patricia Galang categorized the decision as “terribly misguided and based on a poor understanding of the tournament rules, a faulty appreciation of the facts, and a blatant disregard for precedent.”
Galang revealed that the Maroons plan to elevate the matter to the UAAP Board of Trustees while studying “other legal options.”
The league slapped Perasol with a three-game suspension, the first for his ejection and the additional two more games for his "continuous flagrant acts of aggression" for his actions against referee Jaime Rivano at the 6:23 mark of the third quarter.
The UAAP also doubled down on the existing rules in the UAAP General Tournament Guidelines of 2019, with Art. 9.2.3 stating that "it is the responsibility of the Tournament Commissioner or its equivalent to impose disciplinary measures on any student-athlete, team official, and/or any accompanying delegation member who violates the fundamental values of respect, fairness, civility, honesty, and responsibility; demonstrates highly unsportsmanlike conduct; and/or deliberately employs dangerous or dirty tactics or fouls in the course of any game or sporting events."
Not only did Perasol charge at Rivano, but also hurled expletives while doing a fighting stance as UP players and officials had to restrain the coach after he was slapped with the technical fouls.
The league also took note of Perasol's refusal to leave the court, as well as his continuous obscene and disrespectful language on his way back to the locker room - all of which were considered in denying the motion for reconsideration.
Galang, speaking on behalf of UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK) dean Francis Diaz, said the decision was "terribly misguided and based on a poor understanding of the tournament rules, a faulty appreciation of the facts, and a blatant disregard for precedent."
She added: “The commissioner is improvising to justify the legally unjustifiable. In his first memo he said that the additional two-game suspension was for ‘continuous flagrant acts of aggression;’ now in an effort to justify each suspended game he has gone back to the footage and tried to identify each of the purported acts of unsportsmanlike conduct."
“But even if you look at those so-called acts by themselves, do they merit a one-game suspension? They say Coach Bo pointed an accusing and threatening finger to the official and that he deserves a one-game suspension for this; but other coaches do the same during the game without even the benefit of a technical."
The decision means Perasol will miss UP's next games against Far Eastern University on Sunday, University of the East on October 12, and University of Santo Tomas on October 16, all at the Mall of Asia Arena.