PBA fines Aguilar, Wong for playing basketball amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Philippine Basketball Association

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) imposed a Php 20,000 fine to both Japeth Aguilar of Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel, and Adrian Wong of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Wong and Aguilar will also have to render 30 hours of community service.

The PBA penalized the two players after viral videos and pictures showed that they played basketball inside a training facility in San Juan City amidst the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

To ensure that the two players did not contact the respiratory illness, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial instructed Aguilar and Wong to take a swab test no later than Tuesday, June 8, and undergo 14-day quarantine.

After completing the quarantine, the two basketball players will undergo another swab test for COVID-19 as a confirmatory procedure.

Marcial, PBA Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro, and Atty. Melvin Mendoza, the league’s legal consultant, spoke with Aguilar and Wong to hear their side of the issue before punishing them for violating general community quarantine protocols in Metro Manila.

Aguilar and Wong also met Games and Amusements Board officials.

The basketball game happened before the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved guidelines for PBA teams to resume practice sessions.

The PBA also stressed that scrimmages still remain prohibited while the National Capital Region remains under general community quarantine.

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