PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial has set up a meeting with Magnolia Hotshots starting center Rafi Reavis after the 17-year league veteran blasted the officiating of Game 7 of their Finals series against eventual champion San Miguel.
Reavis issued a statement criticizing the referees for being “unfair” and lopsided in favor of the Beermen.
“Hats off to San Miguel, I don’t take anything from them, but I just think hopefully the league really looks into what happened tonight. There was a lot of lopsidedness,” he said.
More particularly, Reavis wondered how counterpart June Mar Fajardo wasn’t called for even a single foul despite playing for 39 minutes and hauling down a new league-record 31 rebounds.
“I don’t know how June Mar plays the whole game and has zero fouls when it’s clear he does foul. There’s no player that plays a perfect game and they don’t foul. I just don’t understand why he doesn’t get fouls called on him. I think it’s not fair,” said Reavis.
“I think the obvious that needs to be looked at and needs to be dealt with it because it’s happening too much and it’s too obvious. Something needs to be done about that,” he added.
In stark contrast to Fajardo who was named as the Finals MVP, Reavis fouled out in the game, something which did not sit well with the Fil-Am big man.
“It’s hard because I think he gets away with everything. He’s allowed to push us and we can’t touch him. You can’t touch him, it’s obvious. But he’s allowed to elbow us and grab us and do all these things and I just think it’s not fair.”