Pingris, Devance, Nabong suspended; Hayes fined


A brawl erupts between players of GlobalPort Batang Pier and San Mig Coffee Mixers during their game at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Marqus Blakely and Jo Devance of San Mig went after GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong as teammate Marvin Hayes laid on the floor. Referees tried to stop the fight that ended with Blakely and Hayes being slapped with technical fouls while Marc Pingris (foreground) and Nabong were thrown out of the game. The Mixers beat Batang Pier, 102-88, at the PBA Governors’ Cup.PHOTO BY: PBA MEDIA BUREAU / SPORTS5 (Paolo Papa)

MANILA, Philippines – Kelly Nabong, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance were slapped with suspensions, while Marvin Hayes was meted a fine for Wednesday’s night on-court melee in the 2013 PBA Governors Cup.

League Commissioner Chito Salud announced the sanctions Friday morning after meeting with the erring players in his office in Libis, Quezon City on Thursday.

Nabong and Pingris, who exchanged blows early in the third quarter of San Mig Coffee’s 102-88 win over GlobalPort at Cuneta Astrodome, were both suspended for two games and fined P60,000 each.

Joe Devance, who decked Hayes in a move which sparked the brawl, meanwhile, was meted a one-game ban and a P30,000 fine “for triggering the commotion that led to the fight,” Salud said.

Devance and Pingris, vital cogs for the San Mig Coffee, will miss the anticipated Mixers-Barangay Ginebra clash while the rookie Nabong will not be in attendance in the Batang Pier’s meeting with Barako Bull this Sunday.

Hayes, who got tangled up with import Marcus Blakely, won’t be sitting out any games for GlobalPort, but was sanctioned a P20,000 fine for his “unsportsmanlike conduct, equivalent to a flagrant foul penalty two.”

Salud again stressed that “fighting is not condoned in the PBA. There is absolutely no justification for our players to get involved in fistfights.”

All fines will go to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund.

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  • Kristoffer Atienza

    It’s funny how you only hear about the PBA Players’ Trust Fund when there’s a brawl or penalties involved. Is this the only source for the Fund? It doesn’t sound good. Do teams even give in this fund? What happens to the fund?

  • kokak

    Kakahiya ang mga to parang mga bata. Pero parang di rin naparusahan dahil barya lang ang P60,000 sa mga to na milyon milyon ang kinikita. Konting siklab lang at magbabasag-ulo na naman ang mga to. Di dapat pamarisan.

  • PnoyMePagasa

    kahit madalas masangkot sa gulo si pingris, nanghabol nga sila ni ildefonso ng fans dati, same penalty lang sila ni nabong?

  • agecee

    Did you know that CHITO SALUD was Petrons independent director from 2009-2010 ? Salud’s nomination to Petron coincided with San Miguel’s takeover of the company. Curiously, Salud’s father, former PBA Commissioner Rudy, is a close associate of San Miguel chairman Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco. The elder Salud served as Cojuangco’s campaign manager during the latter’s 1992 presidential run.

  • Keeper242

    Bakit naging headlines ito? ang babaw naman. Basketball pa.

    • for_Prosperity

      kailangan daw kasing i-divert ang attention ng tao away from pork scammers e.. marami daw nasasaktang politicians e kawawa naman daw…

  • Fulpol

    Maam Janet is not a fan of basketball..

    • WeAry_Bat

      To help lower her blood pressure, she does not see her name in the headline.

      Which reminds me, does she get the Guinness for the most mentioned name in newspaper for one month? Or is it Imelda?

  • Bulagas

    ayos sapakan ng sapakan… yang gusto ko makita sa PBA!!!

    • Perdo_Penduko28

      What a barbaric way of thinking!

      • Bulagas

        thank you mwah mwah

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