The Phoenix management meted a 15-day suspension on head coach Louie Alas for breaching safety protocols just days after the resumption of training, team manager Paolo Bugia told ESPN5.com.
"Yes [he is suspended], for breach of safety protocols in closed-circuit practices," Bugia said on Wednesday.
PBA teams resumed workouts last week for the first time since play was suspended indefinitely early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Inter-Agency Task Force gave the teams the green light to begin training in batches. Only six, including four players, are allowed on the court for a given time frame.
Alas confirmed to ESPN5.com that he violated three protocols: social distancing, entering the court ahead of his schedule, and entering the venue during decontamination.
Alas said his actions were "unintentional" and that he accepted the management's decision.
"I'll accept it with a heavy heart coz ang tagal ko hinintay makabalik sa practice, almost six months," Alas said in a text message. "Then dahil sa unintentional violations mag wait uli ako for another 15 days."
Alas added he is pleased with the management's strict implementation of the health protocols.
"On the other side, masaya na din because I know our team is in good shape na super safe dahil sa implementation, walang pinipili," he said.
Alas, whose suspension began on August 27, will undergo a swab test mid September before returning to practice.