UE’s Abanto suspended for unsportsmanlike foul on Ateneo’s Navarro

Beatrice Go
UE’s Abanto suspended for unsportsmanlike foul on Ateneo’s Navarro
Nick Abanto gets suspended as he picks up two unsportsmanlike fouls during UE's clash with Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines – University of the East’s (UE) Nick Abanto is set to serve a one-game suspension as his uncalled foul on Ateneo’s Will Navarro last Sunday, October 20 has been upgraded to an unsportsmanlike foul. 

Because Abanto was also assessed an unsportsmanlike foul with 2:03 left in the payoff period, the Red Warriors’ guard will be suspended in UE’s game against Far Eastern University on Sunday, October 27.

“Upon multiple reviews of the incident, we saw that there was intent by Mr. Abanto to hit Mr. Navarro causing him to fall and eventually be carried off the playing court,” said UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan.

“The action was unprovoked and his intention to hurt was apparent. Therefore, an  unsportsmanlike foul shall be assessed against him.”

With 6:33 left in the 1st quarter, Abanto swung his left arm towards Navarro’s head during a rebounding battle, but no foul was called. 

Navarro was subbed out at the 6:22 mark of the opening frame and was brought to the dugout for examination. The Ateneo physical therapists then decided to bring him to the hospital for further tests. 

The Ateneo forward was cleared of concussion on Monday, October 21. 

Even without Navarro, Ateneo cruised to a perfect 12-0 record and eliminated the Red Warriors. 

When the issue erupted on social media, several UAAP players expressed their dissatisfaction on Abanto’s actions and wished Navarro for a speedy recovery. 







Article 4.3 of the UAAP Basketball Rules states: “The Commissioner has the  power to impose additional penalties. This power may be exercised to non-calls but involve abhorrent acts in nature including, but not limited to, flagrant unsportsmanlike fouls, and conduct that involves dangerous and dirty tactics and supported by the official video.”

With this, Ilagan called on all the student-athletes to be mindful of their actions both on and off the court.

“We call on all student-athletes to always keep in mind the safety and welfare not just of their teammates but also their opponents. Though the spirit of sports is competition, the ultimate goal is to build  comradery among everyone,” Ilagan stressed. – Rappler.com 



Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.


Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.