PBA fines GlobalPort's Sharpe P40K
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 1) The Philippine Basketball Association has fined GlobalPort import Walter Sharpe P40,000 after the basketball player, in a state of apparent drunkenness, was caught sleeping in a parking lot in Pasig City Monday morning.
“For inappropriate public behavior caused by the aggravating circumstance of alcohol intoxication, Mr. Walter Sharpe is hereby fined the amount of P40,000,” PBA Commissioner Chito Salud said in a statement Wednesday.
Salud said Sharpe’s poor performance in his last game was likely the cause of the incident, but did not condone the import’s actions.
“His conduct caused and aggravated by the factor of inebriation that resulted in his passing out in a public premise is considered inexcusable,” Salud said.
Sharpe, who played only two games for Batang Pier, was kicked out of the team by owner Mikee Romero Tuesday.
“Walter Sharpe should have been more responsible for his actions. Based on what I saw, I recommended to the management and the coaching staff the termination of Sharpe’s services effective immediately for conduct unbecoming of a professional basketball player,” Romero said, as quoted by The Philippine Star.
Salud also reminded PBA players, both locals and imports, of their roles as “ambassadors of the league and role models to the youth.”
“I take this opportunity to remind import players that the PBA’s member teams have engaged their services as professionals both for the purpose of winning games for their ball clubs and representing the values and principles those ball clubs stand for,” he said.
“They are thus expected to always conduct themselves decently and professionally,” he added.
Sharpe was GlobalPort’s second import of the conference, replacing the offensively-limited Justin Williams.
GlobalPort have languished in the cellar during the Commissioner’s Cup with a 2-7 record.