Rafi Reavis escapes penalty for Game 7 officiating rant

The PBA will not penalize Magnolia Hotshots center Rafi Reavis for claiming during an interview with scribes that the game officials were unfair to his team as calls were lopsided in favor of eventual champion San Miguel.

The decision not to impose anything on the 17-year PBA veteran was reached upon by Commissioner Willie Marcial after the two had a meeting last Friday at the league office.

Marcial, though, reminded Reavis to be more careful with this comments and told him that the league is always open to discussions with regards to officiating.

“Sabi ko ingat ka lang sa sasabihin mo. Seventeen years ka na dito. Alam mo na kung ano yung detrimental to the league. Next time, puntahan mo ako,” said the amiable executive.

Reavis made such statements after he felt that calls in Game 7 were lopsided in favor of the Beermen, more specifically June Mar Fajardo who wasn’t whistled for a foul in 39 minutes of playing time even after he was able to collect a new league-record 31 rebounds.

Marcial surmised that the Fil-Am big man ranted about the officiating since his team lost the highly physical and emotional title match despite leading by 17 points in the early goings.

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