PBA Clears Jamie Malonzo After Off-Court Fistfight Incident

PBA Clears Jamie Malonzo After Off-Court Fistfight Incident

Barangay Ginebra fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) announces that no sanctions will be imposed on star player Jamie Malonzo following his involvement in an off-court fistfight that made headlines last Sunday.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial revealed that Malonzo personally reached out to him to explain the incident, attributing it to a “miscommunication.” Additionally, Malonzo extended his apologies to the PBA, Gilas Pilipinas, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), and the fans for the unfortunate incident.

“Sabi niya I want to apologize to you, the PBA, Gilas, SBP and the fans,” Marcial shared, emphasizing that he accepted Malonzo’s apology.

With Malonzo expressing remorse and taking responsibility for his actions, the PBA sees no reason to impose sanctions, clearing the way for the Barangay Ginebra star to continue playing when the team kicks off its campaign in the Philippine Cup on March 8.

The incident, which was captured in a viral video, depicted Malonzo engaging in a physical altercation where he sustained punches from his lone adversary. Despite being on the receiving end, Malonzo’s explanation of the incident as a “miscommunication” paved the way for reconciliation and understanding.

Coach Tim Cone provided further context to Malonzo’s absence from recent games, citing a bout of gastroenteritis as the reason. However, it was later revealed that Malonzo had tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted his absence from the court.


Acknowledging Malonzo’s apology and the circumstances surrounding his absence, SBP President Al Panlilio urged everyone to move forward from the incident, emphasizing the importance of forgiveness and understanding in moving past challenges.

“Jamie has apologized to the PBA, the Ginebra fans, Gilas fans, and the SBP. Let’s put an end to it,” Panlilio stated, echoing sentiments of closure and unity within the basketball community.