Taulava fined, suspended for incident with Semerad in NLEX-Ginebra game

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has suspended NLEX big man Asi Taulava and slapped him a P32,500-fine following his incident with San Miguel forward David Semerad during the recent game between the Road Warriors and the Beermen, the league announced late Tuesday, July 26.

Taulava’s fine was broken down into 3 sections: P2,500 for a technical foul due to second motion, P20,000 for a flagrant foul (penalty two), and P10,000 for “joining the fracas instead of pacifying the protagonists,” per the PBA’s transactions website.

Taulava will also serve an immediate suspension in the next game of NLEX, which takes place on Wednesday, July 27, against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Taulava’s penalties was revealed hours after Alaska forward Calvin Abueva was also fined and suspended for elbowing Barangay Ginebra forward Chris Ellis during the Aces and Gin Kings’ game last Sunday.

The incident between the 43-year-old Taulava and Semerad took place during the third quarter of NLEX and SMB’s matchup last Friday, July 22. Things escalated after Semerad was given a flagrant foul on Henry Walker while trying to fight through a screen.

Taulava then walked up to Semerad and gave him a chest bump, to which the San Miguel player responded with a push. Taulava’s left hand then hit Semerad on the face.

Both the Gin Kings and Road Warriors enter their game on Wednesday with identical 1-1 records in the Governors’ Cup. – Rappler.com