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PBA suspends, fines 3 players

PBA Officer-in-charge Commissioner Willie Marcial has given Mike Miranda, Eric Camson, and Raymond Almazan one-game suspensions each for their respective parts in "unsportsmanlike events" over the weekend.

Miranda kicked San Miguel guard Chris Ross's groin in retaliation to a hard foul given to him during the NLEX-San Miguel game on Friday night, which was merited as a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 (FFP2).

Camson and Almazan, on the other hand, figured in a brawl during the Kia-Rain Or Shine game on Saturday night, where they were slapped with FFP2s each.

Camson was also fined P30,000, while Miranda and Almazan were slapped with P20,000 fines each.

Camson will sit out the Picanto's game tonight against the Meralco Bolts at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

On the other hand, Miranda and Almazan will be out on Friday night when the Road Warriors and the Elasto Painters collide at The Big Dome.

This was Almazan's second consecutive bad news as he was taken off the Gilas pool for the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers February window on Monday night.

Meanwhile, despite Coach YengGuiao getting the heftier of fines between him and Chris Ross in relation to their late-game altercation on Friday night, the NLEX mentor evaded heavier penalties, including a possible suspension, as the PBA failed to confirm Ross's claim that Guiao gave him a racist remark.

Ross, as told by Coach Leo Austria, said that Guiao uttered the "N" word to him. Guiao, however, denied the claim.

Despite not finding solid evidence that could have backed up Ross's case, Marcial insisted that racism would never be tolerated in the league.

ôLet me reiterate that racism has no place in the PBA. It is totally unacceptable in our society and in sports in general. The PBA will not hesitate to act if the evidence so warrants," Marcial said.*pba.com


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