PBA slaps P25.8K fine on Chris Ross; Suspends 4 referees, scorer and game barker

ByAllan Lim

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The PBA has handed down its verdict in the aftermath of the free throw controversy which transpired during the closing seconds of the heated San Miguel vs Brgy. Ginebra game last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

San Miguel Beermen starting point guard Chris Ross has been slapped with a P20,000 fine for issuing statements deemed as detrimental to the league. In addition, the 32-year-old Fil-Am is poorer by P5,800 for incurring 2 technical fouls.

The league also suspended the following referees and table officials for allowing the wrong free throw shooter to shoot:

Jerry Borja (calling official) – three weeks
Noy Guevarra (free throw administrator) – one week
Jimmy Mariano (crew chief) – one week
Mardy Montoya (4th man) – one week
Lito Mendegoria (book scorer) – one week
Noel Zarate (barker) – one week

Back-up guard Chito Lanete, who was supposed to be the designated free throw shooter, has been spared of any fines.

TNT’s Troy Rosario was fined P5,000, upon review, for incurring a landing spot infraction against Paul Lee during the TNT – Magnolia game.