FIBA: PBA will file appeal if Gilas boys' suspension include league games
Paul Lintag on Jul 05, 2018 07:11 PM
"FIBA, okay kami sa FIBA. Pag sinuspend nila sa PBA, maga-appeal kami," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial on the possible FIBA sanctions for the Gilas boys.
The PBA is standing behind its Gilas boys.
After a meeting with the national team Thursday at the PBA office in Libis, Commissioner Willie Marcial says that the league will honor whatever decision FIBA comes up with in the aftermath of the ugly Gilas-Boomers brawl last July 2 in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena.
If FIBA decides to suspend the Gilas players in the upcoming international competitions, the league will honor it for sure.
However, if the scope of the suspension includes PBA games, the league will file an appeal for all players involved.
"FIBA, okay kami sa FIBA. Pag sinuspend nila sa PBA, maga-appeal kami," Marcial said.
"For the game sa PBA. Pag nadamay PBA, hihingi kami ng apela papatulong kami kay boss Al [SBP President Al Panlilio]," he added.
As it stands, 13 active PBA players are staring at possible sanctions from FIBA.
Jayson Castro, Calvin Abeuva, Terrence Romeo, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Japeth Aguilar were all ejected from the games against Australia while Gabe Norwood, Baser Amer, and June Mar Fajardo were active during the scuffle though they did not directly participate in the brawl.
Jio Jalalon and Allein Maliksi were reserves but were active participants in the incident as well.
"Titingnan namin yung investigation ng FIBA," Marcial said.
"Hintayin namin ang imbestigasyon ng FIBA kung ano ang mangyayari. Kagaya ng sinabi ni President Al, di pa namanin alam. Sa amin lang, move on na tayp at sorry sa mga nasaktan natin," he added.
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