Cagayan Rising Stars coach Alvin Pua is facing stiff sanctions even as their team has yet to see action in the PBA D-League.
Pua is expected to be summoned by the PBA Commissioners’ Office this week after he reportedly punched a referee during a tune-up game Monday in preparation for the upcoming conference.
The incident happened during the Rising Stars’ practice game against the National University Bulldogs.
According to a PBA statement about the incident, referee Jessie Jarabejo made a call against Cagayan that didn’t sit well with Pua. Jarabejo said that Pua kept shouting at the sidelines and cursed him after that call.
Jarabejo approached Pua to explain the call but the latter went to the court, shoved and punched him in the nose.
A bloodied Jarebejo immediately contacted PBA supervisor of officials Ramil Cruz to relay what had happened and the practice game was discontinued.
Pua was a former player of the San Sebastian College in the NCAA.
The Rising Stars will be debuting in the league’s Foundation Cup on March 20 against fellow expansion team Erace Plantcenta.