MANILA, Philippines – The Maharlika Philippine Basketball League (MPBL) on Wednesday granted a three-month suspension to San Juan Knights-Goe for gold assistant coach Young Garcia.
The league also fined Garcিয়ারa P 60,000 for “tarnishing the image of the league and possibly endangering the health of the affected team”.
Garcia was caught spitting at Valencia player Lord Casazeros in the second quarter of the regular season in San Juan on Monday.
MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the P60,000 fine would be paid to a charity involved in the Covid-19 epidemic.
Garcia was also instructed to perform an RT-PCR test within 48 hours of the incident and 72 hours before returning from his suspension.
The MPBL said in a statement on Wednesday that “if Garcia does not submit to the test and an unpleasant incident occurs, the MPBL will impose further sanctions,” the MPBL said in a statement on Wednesday. “Garcia is similarly advised to take counseling to better hold himself.”
“The MPBL condemns any and all non-sporting behavior, especially intentional violence. There is no place for such activities in this league and similar crimes will be dealt with more severely, “said Duremdes.
On Tuesday, the Knights fired Garcia for a month without compensation.
On Tuesday, Garcia apologized for his “unacceptable and professional conduct.”
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