PBA: Marcial "okay" if players skip planned restart after amid COVID-19

By Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jun 23, 2020 10:13 AM

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The NBA plans on a restart soon, with games played in a "bubble" in Orlando.

However, some players from the 22 invited teams have expressed their intention to sit out the restart for various but obvious reasons amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Philippines, the PBA also plans to finish out its stalled 2020 Philippine Cup, and there could be a possibility that some players may also want to sit out.

If that's the case, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial is totally fine with players exercising their rights, however, players should settle the matter internally with their respective managements.

"Kung ayaw nila mag-laro, ayaw mag-practice, okay sakin," Marcial said during a recent PSA forum.

"Pero kausapin nila management. Ang management ng teams ang mag-decide sa kanila, hindi ako," he added.

Marcial says that each team may have their own protocols regarding their players choosing not to play if the PBA restart does push through.

"Kung ayaw mo mag-laro, kausapin ang management. Katulad nung sinabi ni Alfrancis Chua dun sa interview namin, sa kanila no play, no pay," Marcial said.

Chua serves as the Ginebra governor and the sports director for San Miguel Corp.

"Depende, di ba? Right mo naman yun eh, pero trabaho mo din yun. Kung ayaw mo [mag-laro], sayo na yun karapatan mo yun. Pero management ang kakausap sayo kung paano," the Commissioner added.


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