Flamboyant but mercurial import Glen Rice Jr. has been penalized by the PBA for his actions during Game 4 of the semifinal series between defending champion Brgy. Ginebra and TNT.
Rice Jr. was fined P26,000 for incurring an FFP1, throwing the ball at an opponent, use of dirty finger and for disrespecting team and league officials.
The 26-year old native of Miami, Florida lost his cool against Brgy. Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer and pushed him down through his throat and then threw the ball in his direction. Luckily for him, the ball didn’t hit Ferrer. If it did, it would mean automatic suspension for the next game.
The play happened with still 1:41 left in the 1st Quarter and TNT up by a dozen points, 35-23.
While the incident was being reviewed by the game officials, Rice Jr. also had a shouting match with TNT Governor Pato Gregorio.
Rice Jr. was eventually ejected from the game. When he was on his way to the dugout, he flashed a dirty finger towards Brgy. Ginebra fans while clutching his crotch.
The son of 1997 All-Star Game MVP Glen Rice had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal in 10 minutes of action before he was thrown out.
For the conference, he averaged 31 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists