TNT import Glen Rice ,Jr. was fined P26,000 by the league for his actions in Sunday’s Game 4 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals between Barangay Ginebra and TNT Katropa.
Late in the first quarter of Game 4, Rice pushed Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer to the ground and tried to throw the ball at him. He was immediately ejected from the game, which Ginebra eventually won 115-105.
According to the official league website, Rice was fined for various infractions — “FFP1, TF for throwing the ball at an opponent, use of dirty finger and for disrespecting team and league officials.”
The import, who is the son of former NBA player Glen Rice, also received a $10,000 fine from TNT.
After his ejection, Rice was seen trading barbs with TNT alternate governor Pato Gregorio before leaving the playing court.
“As a consequence, the team is deducting from his final compensation the amount of the PBA fine plus the team fine,” the team said in a statement released by the TNT management.
“This is without prejudice, however, to whatever legal right TNT may have against Mr. Rice or damages and other available remedies under contract.”
The statement also stated Rice’s “undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike behaviour adversely affected not only the team’s image, but the brand and corporate reputation of the PLDT Group as well.”
“Mr. Rice, as a professional player, promised to comply with all the team’s rules and regulations and to act or conduct himself in gentlemanly manner at all times so as to project a totally wholesome image for the team and the PLDT Group.”