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PBA slaps controversial coach Lawrence Chongson 150K fine, one game suspension

Lawrence Chongson, the controversial D-Leaue coach, is on the headlines again, this time at the receiving end.

Following his remarks against Hapee Toothpaste, which the coach believes to be a part of the MVP Group, the PBA Commissioner’s office made a swift action by sanctioning the Tanduay mentor. A P150,000 fine plus a one game suspension was handed out by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.

The penalty was based on Chongson’s comments published in another media outlet.

“We have a policy here in the PBA that no member of any ball club from the coach to the manager, including the players. No member of the team can issue statements publicly that are inimical to the best interest of the league,” said Salud in a statement.

“After hearing Coach Lawrence’s side on the interview that he had in one of the outfits in media, this office finds that one, he did issue a statement that I deem to be prejudicial to the best interest of the league. Two, he issued statements that are hurtful and offensive reputation of the other member teams of the PBA D-League,” added Salud.

“And three, he made an allegation that one of the teams is not independently run, an allegation that I consider to be reckless and unsubstantiated.”

Chongson has sparked controversy these past few months.

As manager of Rain or Shine star point guard Paul Lee, Chongson told media that his player wanted to be traded to another team as they refused to sign the three-year, maximum offer made by the Elasto Painters days prior to the end of the season.

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