PBA hits Tab Baldwin with P75,000 fine

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Posted at Jun 16 2020 03:36 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2020 04:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) TNT assistant coach Tab Baldwin has been fined P75,000 and suspended for three games after making comments that were deemed "detrimental to the league," the PBA announced on Tuesday.

The sanction came a day after Baldwin, also the head coach of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, met with PBA commissioner Willie Marcial virtually to clear the air following the furor created by his comments in the "Coaches Unfiltered" podcast.

On the podcast, Baldwin was asked for his initial thoughts on the Philippine coaching culture, and he acknowledged that he was "surprised and annoyed" at the "tactical immaturity" of Filipino coaches. He went on to explain his statement, noting that this was not the fault of the coaches themselves, but rather due to a "regulatory flaw" brought about by the PBA's single-import conferences.

Baldwin praised the PBA coaches as a "smart lot" who are taking advantage of the situation presented to them, but he also believed that they could be so much better.

His comments drew the ire of local coaches, with Marcial deeming them "detrimental to the league." San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, and NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio were also among those who hit out at Baldwin, seeing his statement as a slight against their capabilities.

NorthPort owner Mikee Romero went so far as to say that Baldwin's comments smack of racism. 

In his dialogue with Marcial on Monday, Baldwin said his comments were taken out of context.

"I feel bad that has happened, but that is not my intention," he was also quoted as saying.

Aside from serving as Ateneo head coach and TNT assistant coach, Baldwin is also the program director of Gilas Pilipinas.

In 2015, he coached the national team to the silver medal in the FIBA Asia Championship, despite the absence of several top players. He was also the coach of New Zealand when they competed in the 2004 Olympic Games. 

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