PBA: With suspension of players, “silly” things banned at SMB
Paul Lintag on Nov 22, 2019 08:54 AM
The Beermen slapped Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong, and Ronald Tubid with indefinite suspension following a fight in practice that also included former import Dez Wells. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Even with a shot at a Grand Slam, San Miguel Beer will not tolerate its players doing anything “silly.”
The Beermen slapped Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong, and Ronald Tubid with indefinite suspension following a fight in practice that also included former import Dez Wells.
San Miguel announced its official update hours before taking on TNT in a crucial game to wrap up the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round.
The Beermen ended up taking the loss and they will start the playoffs in a do-or-die situation against Barangay Ginebra.
San Miguel’s shot at a second Grand Slam is officially in jeopardy.
“We have to accept the reality because we cannot tolerate the incident that happened to us,” head coach Leo Austria said.
“Although it’s internal, we have to do something that could give us some reminder, a strong signal, that nobody’s above the policy of the company,” he added.
Despite the incident, morale is high on the part of the Beermen says Austria.
Despite once again facing an opponent with a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs, the Grand Slam chase is still pretty much on.
However, suspending three players, including a former MVP, is a stern reminder for the Beermen to not do anything that will harm the team.
“Maybe a minor setback, but moving forward I think it will help us a lot because it’s a strong signal for everybody in the team na they cannot do something silly, okay?” Austria said.
“And supposed to be every one should think of the team bago yung sarili nila. It’s a strong signal for everyone,” he added.
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