ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Ronald Tubid and Kelly Nabong did not go scot-free for their role in the "Spider-Man" incident that marred Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup finals.
The two San Miguel players were fined P75,000 each and suspended for 3 games after further review by the league.
Tubid was caught on video punching the fan dressed as Spider-Man – identified as Paolo Felizarta – who stormed the court late in the final period and inadvertently hit June Mar Fajardo in the jaw.
The 37-year-old guard had since apologized for his actions, saying he only wanted to defend his teammate. (READ: Tubid sorry for punching 'Spider-Man')
Nabong, meanwhile, was believed to have physically hurt Flenn John Lola, who was initially assumed to be the accomplice of Felizarta.
Felizarta was detained at Station 7 of the Quezon City Police District while Lola was eventually let go.
Aside from Tubid and Nabong, San Miguel assistant team manager Daniel Henares and team doctor Ramon Ibanez were slapped fines of P50,000 each and suspended for two games apiece.
Despite all the drama, the Beermen accomplished its bid for a historic fifth straight All-Filipino crown by outlasting the Hotshots in a gritty Game 7 victory. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.