The Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters have suspended their head coach for violations of the PBA’s health protocols during the squad’s first day of workout at the Upper Deck gym in Ortigas.
Louie Alas was slapped a 15-day suspension by team management after the veteran mentor failed to adhere to the strict guidelines set by the league in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“Disappointed, but happy on the other hand. Kasi kahit may 15-day suspension, alam ko na mai-implement ang protocols dito sa team namin, dahil walang pinipili, kahit sinong may violation, may sanction,” said Alas.
“Wala akong idea na nag-violate ako until sinabihan ako ng management. Unintentional lahat yun, siguro dahil na rin sa excitement ko na finally makaka-balik na kami ulit sa court,” he added.
The 54-year old former assistant coach of the Alaska Aces was cited for three violations committed during the group workouts.
First, he had his fingers taped by the team’s physical therapist. Second, he entered the venue during the scheduled time of another batch of players. And lastly, he entered the court prematurely – while decontamination was still ongoing.
Alas stressed that his actions were unintentional and that he even went to the extent of telling management to penalize him for his mistakes.
“Sa sobrang frustration ko sa sarili ko nung nalaman ko na nag-violate ako ng protocols, I even told management to fine me,” bared Alas who already skipped the team’s last two workouts.