The San-En NeoPhoenix meted out a two-game suspension and a 100,000 yen (₱44,000) fine to Thirdy Ravena, in light of his outburst following their 89-90 loss to the Toyama Grouses in the 2021-22 Japan B. League on Sunday (14 November).
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Japanese club handed the punishment to the Filipino stalwart for damaging a sponsor signboard at the Toyama City Gymnasium.
As a result, the 24-year-old Ravena will miss San-En's matches with the Sea Horses Mikawa on 4 and 5 December.
"To the NeoPhoenix boosters, sponsors, management, my teammates and coaches, especially the Toyama Grouses organization, sponsors, everyone involved, I deeply apologize that something like this happened," Ravena said in the media statement.
"With the series of losses and personal bad games, I let my emotions get the best of me. And the chance of actually winning a game, but losing it because of me was just too much at that point. Again, I apologize to everyone."
Ravena's frustrations came after he missed the potential game-tying free throw and a follow-up attempt in the dying moments of the San-En v Toyama clash, in which he had poured out a season-best 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals that went down the drain.
The crushing defeat sent the NeoPhoenix reeling down to their sixth consecutive loss for a dismal 3-11 record.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.