American import Glen Rice, Jr. left Manila a few nights ago poorer by a huge sum.
For his “undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike behavior” during a game his team wanted to win and save a promising season, import Rice was slapped a huge fine of $10,000 by the Talk ’N Text management.
The fine was on top of the P26,000 penalty slapped on Rice by the Philippine Basketball Association for various infractions during his stint with the Tropang Texters in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup.
Thus, the son of NBA great Glen Rice left for the United States poorer by P541,500, the biggest ever a guest player got as a penalty since the inception of the league 42 years ago.
The TNT club slapped the fine on the prolific import after he was thrown out in the closing minutes of his team’s Game 4 semifinal duel against Ginebra San Miguel for shoving rookie Kevin Ferrer to the court and then throwing the ball at him.
“The team management has imposed upon Mr. Rice a fine in the amount of $10,000, considering his behavior in TNT’s last game, which constitutes willful violation and breach of his contract,” TNT said in a statement sent to various news outlets.
“His undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike behavior adversely affected not only the Team’s image but the brand and corporate reputation of the PLDT Group as well,” it added.
“As a consequence, the team is deducting from his final compensation the amount of the PBA fine plus the team fine,” TNT said in the statement prepared by team manager Virgil Villavicencio.
According to Villavicencio, Rice had promised to comply with their rules and regulations, which included conducting himself in a “gentlemanly manner at all times.”
He didn’t, to the consternation of the team that needed him badly in a game they wanted so desperately.
Averaging 32.88 points, 11.25 rebounds, 4.88 assists per game for the Texters in the season-ending conference, Rice was missed badly in Game 4 as the Texters squandered a double-digit lead and eventually lost to the Kings (105-115) in their best-of-five semifinal series, 3-1.
The former NBA player also engaged some of his teammates and TNT alternate governor and former league chairman Patrick Gregorio, along with Barangay Ginebra fans in a few heated exchange of words following his ejection at the 1:41 mark of the first quarter.
Rice finished with only two points while playing for only 10 minutes in Game 4.