PBA to fine players who defy protocols when teams resume practices

Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Willie Marcial

As the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) prepares to resume team practices, the league warned that it will impose fines on players who will violate protocols.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said on Tuesday, July 14, that the league will impose a fine, which will range from Php 5,000 to Php 20,000, for violating the ‘closed circuit concept’.

Marcial said that the movements of players need to be limited to the gym, and their residences.

He said that players must inform the league if they or a member of their family went outside the residence.

Kung may bibilhin ka sa supermarket, hindi naman maiwisan, o bibili ka sa drugstores, kailangan sabihin mo kasi may log kami,” the PBA official said during the online forum of the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association.

Sabihin mo kasi may sarili kaming protocol. May protocol tayo doon na kapag lumabas ka sa bubble, kapag nag-burst, may protocol na gagawin tayo,” he added.

The commissioner also warned that players will receive a Php 20,000 fine if they violate protocol during team practices, and the amount will increase for repeated offenses.

Marcial clarified that players do not have to wear face masks when inside the court, but must wear protective equipment when they leave the area.

Per the guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for PBA teams to resume practice, only four players, a coach or trainer, and a safety officer will be allowed inside the training facility.

PBA plans to resume team practices on July 22.

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