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Cardona suspended, fined by PSL for slamming chair, flashing middle finger

Delfin Dioquino
Cardona suspended, fined by PSL for slamming chair, flashing middle finger

ONE MAN DOWN. Boracay will miss Mac Cardona in its next game as it looks to notch its first win in the Pilipinas Super League.

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Boracay guard Mac Cardona loses his cool on the bench as he breaks a chair after slamming it on the court and flipping off the officials

MANILA, Philippines – The Pilipinas Super League (PSL) punished Boracay player Mac Cardona on Saturday, December 3, for slamming a chair and flashing the middle finger in their 111-96 loss to Caloocan last Thursday in San Juan.

Cardona will serve a one-game suspension and pay a P10,000 fine for his unsportsmanlike behavior, as decided by PSL commissioner Marc Pingris, head of basketball operations Leo Isaac, and technical head Rey Canete.

The former PBA veteran lost his cool on the bench with 4:20 minutes left after his teammate Johnsherick Estrada got whistled for a traveling violation with the Islanders trailing 88-97.

He appeared to break a monobloc chair after slamming it on the court, hurled expletives at the officials, and flashed them the middle finger.

The referees only issued a warning to Boracay for improper bench decorum as Cardona managed to stay in the game, finishing with 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

But the PSL eventually dropped the hammer on Cardona after “further review and investigation.”

“[O]ur technical committee has decided to penalize Mac Cardona for damage to property, blatant disrespectful actions that are detrimental to the league, and conduct unbecoming of a professional athlete,” the PSL wrote in a memo.

Cardona, a former La Salle star in the UAAP, continues to get opportunities to play in local leagues despite figuring in several off-court troubles the past few years.

He landed in jail in 2018 for stabbing his former partner and got arrested again in 2021 for serious physical injuries after being involved in a brawl in Taguig.

The Islanders will miss the production of Cardona as they shoot for their first PSL win against the Manila CityStars at the Bren Z Guiao Convention Center in Pampanga on Saturday.

Cardona is averaging 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal through two games. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.