Hot Head PBA Coach Who Punched A Ref has Been Banned For Life From All PBA Events

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| May 15th, 2015 | 3,050 Views

The PBA has finally had enough of the infamous hothead coach of the Cagayan Rising Suns. The league has decided to give Coach Alvin Pua a lifetime ban from all PBA sanctioned events after Pua lost his mind earlier in the week and punched a ref – twice!  The punches thrown by Pua was hard enough to cause a cheekbone injury to referee Benjie Montero.

If Pau’s actions weren’t shocking enough, he was a no-show when he was supposed to meet with commissioner Chito Salud to justify his behavior. This led to a pretty angry sounding statement from  the commish.

“This is not the first time that Coach Pua has had brushes and altercations with the referees. On previous occasions the league has sanctioned Coach Pua for physically contacting the referees during official and tune-up games with hefty fines and game suspensions,” said Salud.
“This is the last straw. In the highest interest of sportsmanship and the norms of human decency, the league is hereby imposing a lifetime ban on Coach Pua from all PBA related activities for mauling a referee and for his recalcitrant and incorrigible demeanor.”

On top of the ban, the coach was also fined P500k and the team manager was fined 20k for defending the coach.  The league will also assist the ref with legal assistance if he wishes to file charges against Pua.

If you think this sounds a little harsh, then check out this timeline of events with the insane coach who makes Bobby Knight look like John Wooden.

  • 3.5.2012: Pua pushed and then punched a ref in an exhibition game.  He was suspended for 3 games.
  • 12.15.2014: Pua gets ejected for making physical contact with 2 refs during the game. He was suspended 3 more games and fined P50K
  • 2.9.2015: Pua threatened players on an opposing team and was quoted as saying ““If they want a fight, I’m ready, any place”
  • 3.14.2015: Pua punches a ref who was on his way to the scorers table to assess a warning call on the coach.


Source: Sports.ABS-CBN  & Rappler



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