San-En NeoPhoenix suspended and slapped a ¥100,000 (P43813.78)-fine on Filipino guard Thirdy Ravena for damaging a sponsor signboard after losing 89-90 to the Toyama Grousers last Sunday, November 14.
Ravena, who dropped a career-high of 26 points in the league off 11-of-14 from the field to go with 9 rebounds, 5, assists, and 3 steals, will be suspended for two games.
The Filipino basketball star also apologized for the incident.
“To the NeoPhoenix Boosters, sponsors, management, my teammates and coaches, especially the Toyama Grouses organization, sponsors, everyone involved, I deeply apologize that something like this happened,” said Ravena.
“With the series of losses and personal bad games, I let my emotions get the best of me. And the chance of actually winning a game, but losing it because of me was just too much at that point. Again, I apologize to everyone.”
With no time left in the game, Ravena missed a potential game-tying free throw that would send the game into overtime and was seen crying after beating the sponsor signboard.
In addition to handing out the disciplinary action, San-En will also remind Ravena about the conduct of professional basketball players in the league.
“The club will urge the individual to reflect on it, and will endeavor to instruct all players, and staff [about the attitude] that they should be [carrying] as professionals,” San-En NeoPhoenix said in a statement.
Ravena will miss the weekend games against Seahorses Mikawa to be held on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5. – Rappler.com