PBA slaps Baldwin with P75K fine for ‘detrimental’ comments

THE PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) officially fined Tab Baldwin P75,000 and suspended him for three games for issuing statements “detrimental to the league.”

Baldwin has apologized to the PBA for the scathing remarks that he made regarding the league and its coaches last week.

Baldwin, the current Gilas Pilipinas program director and assistant coach of Talk N Text, apologized and said that his remarks were taken out of context.

“I feel bad that has happened and that is not my intention,” Baldwin was quoted as saying.

Baldwin sought an audience with PBA commissioner Willie Marcial after his commentaries against the league’s officiating, format and the coaching chops of its coaches. The comments drew an uproar from the basketball coaching fraternity of the league with several prominent coaches such as Tim Cone, Norman Black and Yeng Guiao expressing their displeasure. Marcial considered Baldwin’s statements to be detrimental to the league.

During a recent podcast, Baldwin said that the PBA’s usage of a single-import conference is a “big mistake.” He also added that officiating in the league tends to be biased towards the import.

The Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) has already issued two statements regarding the matter but its latest one questioned Baldwin’s true intentions for putting up his coaching clinic here in the Philippines.

“He has been conducting basketball clinics in the last couple of years that cost more than what some coaches make in a month to participate in. In fact, his clinics are one of the most expensive ones in the country,” read the statement issued by BCAP president Luis Gonzalez. “He has not participated in the free sharing of ideas—which other coaches do at this time of crisis in webinars—which other decorated coaches go out of their way to do. At the end of the day, his approach to basketball is ultimately a business.”

Baldwin should serve his suspension when the PBA returns from the Covid-19 pandemic.