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San Juan Knights assistant coach Yong Garcia has been hit hard with numerous penalties after he spat on Valenzuela player Lordy Casajeros during their match in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) last Monday.
The MPBL slapped a three-game suspension as well as a P60,000 fine on Garcia who spat on Casajeros late in the second period as the latter was near the Knights’ bench.
“MPBL condemns any and all kinds of unsportsmanlike conduct, especially deliberate acts of violence,” the league’s statement read. “May this be a reminder to everyone who wishes to tarnish the reputation and image of not just the league and all of its stakeholders but the game of basketball itself.”
Meanwhile, the Knights have also imposed their own punishment on Garcia, suspending the latter for a month without pay.
"Our management will not tolerate such unethical acts that damaged our beloved city and our name in basketball," the Knights said in a statement.
Garcia has since apologized for his actions, posting a public apology on his Facebook account.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Lordi Casajeros, the Valenzuela team manager Jon Santos, the coaching staff, its players, the city of Valenzuela and the MPBL management team," said Garcia.
“To my San Juan family headed by Senator Jinggoy Estrada and the community, my behavior does not in any way represent your good city and organization. The incident was regrettable and inexcusable. I take full responsibility for my actions.”