PBA D-League referee rushed to hospital after being punched by coach
MANILA, Philippines - PBA D-League referee Ben Montero was rushed to a hospital after being on the receiving end of an assault from Cagayan Valley head coach Alvin Pua during his team’s game against the Liver Marin Guardians on Thursday, May 14, at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Reports state that the incident took place towards the end of the first half when Pua charged at Montero, who was confirming a call he made to the official’s table, and punched him on his head and back.
Pua’s team was on top 47-41 at the time of the incident, but was unhappy with the call made by Montero.
This isn’t the first time Pua has been involved in a similar incident. In December 2014, the head coach was fined P50,000 and suspended 3 games for making physical contact with a D-League referee.
He was ejected from an Aspirants' Cup finals game in February 2013 for the same offense.
Pua also punched a PBA referee during a practice game in 2012.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial tells Rappler that Commissioner Chito Salud will make a statement on the incident on Friday.