THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Office has come down hard on the Blackwater Elite as it slapped the team with a whopping P100,000 fine for prematurely returning to practice last weekend.
Aside from the fine, all of the team’s players and coaches were ordered to undergo swab testing and a seven-day quarantine if the tests come out negative and they show no symptoms.
The PBA Commissioner’s Office will also probe the numerous comments that team owner Dioceldo Sy made after he was apprised of the potential sanctions that were coming his team’s way after he bared in an online interview that his team had already resumed workouts.
While the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has already given the PBA the green light to allow its teams to return to practice albeit in small groups, the league itself has yet to hand down an official memorandum on it.
On Wednesday, July 15, Sy announced that he was putting the Elite up for sale for a cool price of P150 million.(JNP)