The University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol disagreed with the disciplinary action that has been meted out to him.
"Three games suspension for an ejection is just too much," he told reporters in a text message not long after the UAAP released its memo that slapped him with a three-game suspension, Tuesday.
“After thorough review and careful deliberation made by the technical committee, we deemed it fit that the penalty of three-game suspension handed to coach Bo Perasol for his actions is the appropriate action,” basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan said.
"I've already said my piece about regretting what I did," Coach Bo said, referring to the apology he made right after his incident with referee Jaime Rivano in the Fighting Maroons' match-up opposite Ateneo de Manila University last Sunday.
At the 6:23 mark of the third quarter of their much anticipated matchup opposite the Blue Eagles, Perasol was seen rushing at a referee and was apparently vehemently opposing a supposed non-call on Ange Kouame's defensive stop on Jerson Prado.
Not long after, he was pushed back to the bench by his players, but also headed to the locker room, already aware his action would have him thrown out of the game.
Indeed, the fourth-year head coach incurred two technical fouls for "unsportsmanlike favor."
As such, he got an automatic one-game suspension due to his ejection.
Two additional game bans were then given after Coach Bo's "continuous flagrant acts of aggression" towards Rivano.
He will serve the three-game suspension in State U's games against Far Eastern University on October 6, University of the East on October 12, and University of Sto. Tomas on October 16.
For Perasol though, the disciplinary action is an overkill - and comes at an inopportune time, heading into the stretch run of the season. As he put it, "More importantly, because the tournament is in its critical stage going into the second round, to appeal this decision is the most rational thing to do."
As per league rules, UP and its head coach have 24 hours left to officially submit an appeal "upon the grounds that the penalty imposed is excessive or that the evidence is insufficient to justify said penalty."
Once they do so, the UAAP will then have 48 hours to determine the final decision.
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