SBP condemns Olongapo referee slashing incident
MANILA, Philippines – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) condemned in a statement the brutal knife attack on a referee that happened at a basketball league in Tapinac, Olongapo City last Sunday, May 19. (WARNING:Graphic content below)
In the statement sent on Tuesday, May 21, the SBP said that such actions have “definitely no place in basketball and in sports, especially against game officials.”
The federation also said that they have sent SBP Region 3 director Gil Cortez over to Olongapo to “look into the matter and extend assistance to the referees concerned as well as meet with local authorities so that the case can be proactively pursued.”
As first reported by the Manila Bulletin, the suspect surrendered after the slashing attack and is currently in police custody. Another referee was also beaten up, per a report by Spin.ph.
In the statement, SBP honored game referees, saying they are “the unsung heroes of any sport.” The sport's national association as called on the basketball community to “simply play and support the game according to its merits at all times.”