Talented but temperamental TNT KaTropa import Glen Rice Jr. has been slapped a $10,000 fine by team management for unruly behaviour and “willful violation and breach of his contract”.
The 26-year old son and namesake of three-time NBA All Star Glen Rice snapped in Game 4 of the semifinal series between his team and defending champion Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel. Rice Jr. pushed Gin Kings rookie Kevin Ferrer and then deliberately threw the ball at him. The incident happened in the 1st Quarter of the match with TNT leading 35-23.
TNT players took turns in trying to pacify their import who even shouted at team governor Pato Gregorio during the commotion.
The flagship team of the MVP Group lost the game 105-115 and eventually the series, 1-3.
The PBA fined him P26,000 for incurring an FFP1, throwing the ball at an opponent, use of dirty finger and for disrespecting team and league officials.
TNT management said in a statement that “Rice Jr.’s undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike behavior adversely affected not only the Team’s image but the brand and corporate reputation of the PLDT Group as well.”
“As a consequence, the Team is deducting from his final compensation the amount of the PBA fine plus the Team fine. This is without prejudice however to whatever legal right TNT may have against Mr. Rice for damages and other available remedies under our contract.”
The ill-tempered import left the country Tuesday night without talking to any team official.