Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Renauld N. Barrios has issued an official statement on the referees that were attacked during a basketball game at the Tapinac basketball court in Olongapo City.
“It is most unfortunate that two basketball referees were violently attacked by a player and a supporter in a game at Olongapo City on May 18, 2019.
The SBP condemns such act of violence which definitely has no place in basketball and in sports, especially against game officials. The referees are the unsung heroes of any sport, for without them, no game can be technically conducted and concluded.
SBP Regional Director for Region 3 Gil Cortez traveled to Olongapo City to look into the matter and extend assistance to the referees concerned as well as meet with local authorities so that the case can be proactively pursued.
We trust that there will be no repetition of this ugly incident and we call on the basketball community to simply play and support the game according to its merits at all times.”