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PBA fined Air 21 center Rob Reyes P10,000, hit on Abueva

InterAKTV | 9:38 PM | 0 comments
The PBA has fined Air 21 center Rob Reyes a sum of P10,000 after an incident last Wednesday in the Express’ victory over the Alaska Aces.

Reyes tangled with Calvin Abueva in the fourth quarter of their game, with the Alaska rookie pulling the veteran slotman down to the floor. Reyes responded by hitting Abueva with an open palm in the face.

Although no foul was called by the referees on the play, the league upon review upgraded the hit to a flagrant foul penalty one.

After meeting with the player Saturday, PBA commissioner Chito Salud sanctioned Reyes for the foul and “for trash talking/taunting” Abueva after the play.

“Reyes’ acts are aggravated by the fact that they were unnecessarily committed when play had already shifted away from both players,” Salud said in a statement.

Earlier, the league suspended referee Jimmy Mariano for four playdates for missing the Reyes foul.

“I am also reminding our players to refrain from needlessly exposing other players, along with themselves, to serious injury and undue hurt through intentional and blatantly dirty and rough play as this will invariably be met with penalties and sanctions from my office.”
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