Rain or Shine coach Guiao fined P100K, suspended by PBA
MANILA, Philippines – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will have to go for the semifinals clincher against Petron Blaze Boosters without their head coach calling the shots.
The PBA slaps Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao with a one game suspension and a P100,000 fine following consecutive games of being ejected from the game for incurring two technical fouls.
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud issues an official statement posted on the league's official website saying the penalty was for Guiao's "use of a dirty finger pointed toward the Commissioner’s and Tech Committee table."
The incident happened in Game 3 of the semifinals where the Boosters manhandled the Painters, 106-73. Guiao was ejected in that game at the 1:36 mark of the third quarter after incurring his second technical foul. He was seen giving Petron's Arwind Santos the dirty finger as the reigning MVP made his way back up the court.
Salud preaches "decency and sportsmanship" in the statement calling Guiao's actions "insulting and unsavory."
The Commissioner also points out that this is not Guiao's first run-in with the league saying his office had given the Rain or Shine mentor "repeated well-meaning advice and counsel."
Guaio has never been one to back down from any confrontation and has been very vocal in pointing out officiating mishaps -- the cause of Guiao's frustration manifested in his actions that earned him the technical fouls.
In game 3 he said, "The refs did not allow us to play our natural game." READ: Guiao on PBA semis series: 'Longer series, better for us'
The refs were calling the touch fouls on us. That's like a confluence of all those factors," explained Guiao on their loss.
The Painters shouldn't have trouble playing their hearts out to clinch the series against Petron. In Game 4, Guiao was again ejected in the third quarter but his team was able to rally surviving a monster game from center JuneMar Fajardo (27 points, 17 rebounds) to gain a 3-1 edge in the series. – Rappler.com