MANILA, Philippines – TNT Tropang Giga head coach Chot Reyes will pay up a P50,000 fine after his emotional outburst last Wednesday, October 5, following a controversial 94-92 loss to the Magnolia Hotshots at the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
League deputy commissioner Eric Castro confirmed the development on Thursday, October 6, with the following statement:
“The Office of the Commissioner will fine Coach Chot 50k for crossing the court to confront the game officials and the technical table, as well as incessantly shouting invectives/shouting profanities at game officials while exiting the Araneta Coliseum’s south gate.”
The league will also fine new TNT team manager and PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa P20,000 “for crossing the court and confronting game officials and the technical table.”
Reyes visibly pleaded his case after the final buzzer regarding a controversial whistle on new TNT star Calvin Oftana, which led to a pair of game-winning free throws by Magnolia gunner Paul Lee.
Deputy commissioner Castro himself had to escort the fuming nine-time PBA champion coach away to deescalate the situation, but Reyes nonetheless let his feelings be heard on his way out.
In his message, Castro cited as basis for the fines a 2007 PBA memo, which stated “no member of any team may approach the Commissioner’s Row (now the Technical Group Table) or talk to the Supervisor of Officials (unless otherwise requested) before, during, or after a game in full public view.”
Without a suspension handed out alongside the fines, Reyes and Lastimosa may still appear in the Tropang Giga’s next game on Saturday, October 8, 6:45 pm, against the NorthPort Batang Pier. – Rappler.com