No penalty but SBP tells Go and Thiry not to embarrass themselves after viral game
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 07, 2020 01:14 PM
"Definitely napag-sabihan sila ni President Panlilio at ni sir Butch [Antonio] na itigil na yung ginagawa niyong hindi ayon sa regulasyon. Nakakahiya tayo." — SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios on Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.
While they ultimately escaped PBA sanctions, Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena didn't necessarily get off scot-free from their basketball game while Metro Manila is still under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, a video on social media showed Go and Ravena, among others, engaging in a scrimmage at a gym in San Juan.
Go, who is Columbian's top pick from the 2019 Gilas draft, escaped with just a verbal warning from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.
The same pretty much goes for Thirdy, who is headed to Japan to play for San-en NeoPhoenix in the B.League.
Both players will likewise not any penalties from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, but they were reminded by the SBP bosses not to embarrass themselves and the national basketball federation by violating government-mandated health protocols.
Not only are they both Gilas prospects, both Go and Thirdy are widely seen as key pillars for the national team's future.
"Wala kaming iniisip na penalty o fine," SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said about Go and Thirdy during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum.
"Definitely napag-sabihan sila ni President Panlilio at ni sir Butch [Antonio] na itigil na yung ginagawa niyong hindi ayon sa regulasyon. Nakakahiya tayo," Barrios added.
Aside from Go and Thiry, Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar and Rain or Shine rookie Adrian Wong were also seen on video playing in the said viral game.
Aguilar and Wong have been fined P20,000 each by the PBA Monday and will be subject to 30 hours of community service.
The pair are also directed to undergo swab testing for COVID-19 before and after a required 14-day quarantine period.
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