PBA: Rico Maierhofer fined P20k for 'shoe block' incident

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(CNN Philippines) — The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Office of the Commissioner has slapped Barako Bull’s Rico Maierhofer with a P20,000 fine for “using a foreign object as an aid in performing an offensive or defensive move.”

Read: PBA summons Barako Bull’s Maierhofer for “shoe block”

The decision came on the heels of Maierhofer’s “shoe block” in the Energy’s game against the San Miguel Beermen Wednesday (May 27).

The lanky forward lost his shoe midway through the second quarter and used it to block an attempt by San Miguel Beer’s Gabby Espinas underneath the basket.

The Beermen eventually won the contest, 1116-111, and snapped Barako Bull’s unbeaten 4-0 run in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.

Related: SMB extends win streak, deals Barako Bull first loss

“Present game rules are broad enough to cover the act of Rico Maierhofer. While not among those acts specifically prohibited by existing rules, said act can be considered to be in breach of the general conduct of games,” said outgoing commissioner Chito Salud in a state,went released Friday afternoon. “Hence, it can be classified as a technical foul.”

Salud added, “More importantly, it is viewed by this Office as a blatant misconduct that disrespects/mocks the game and unprofessional in nature.”

Public apology

After meeting with Salud, Maierhofer issued a public apology via Twitter.

"I would like to apologize for the misconduct I did against the SMB the other day, it is wrong and hindi dapat tularan. It won't happen again," the Barako Bull cager said in the post.

He added, "Defensive instinct lang po and it is wrong. Sorry po sa lahat ng na-offend."