Philippine basketball

PBA fines Blackwater P100K for premature training return

Delfin Dioquino
PBA fines Blackwater P100K for premature training return

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PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the league will investigate Blackwater's revelation that the franchise is up for sale

The PBA cracked the whip on Blackwater for returning to practice ahead of the official training restart by handing the Elite a P100,000 fine on Thursday, July 16.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said Blackwater players need to undergo swab testing for coronavirus as soon as possible and put themselves in quarantine for 7 days.

Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy bared in a talk show that their players resumed training on Saturday, July 11, despite the fact that the PBA order on teams to halt practices is still in effect.

“I hope this does not jeopardize the league,” Marcial told Rappler in Filipino, with the PBA targeting July 22 as the date of practice return.

Marcial added the league is launching a probe on the statements Sy made on Wednesday, July 15, when he revealed he is putting his PBA franchise up for sale for P150 million.

“Regarding the selling of franchise, what Mr Dioceldo said were serious and grave so we will investigate,” Marcial said.

“After the investigation, I will send my findings and recommendations to the board of governors.”

Marcial, however, did not dive into specifics of what Sy said the league will look into. –

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.