Alaska head coach Jeffrey Cariaso dismissed rumors that the Aces are working on a deal which would send Maverick Ahanmisi, older brother of Magnolia rookie Jerrick, to the Hotshots for troubled playmaker Jio Jalalon.
“Not true at all. I hate those fakes news. It makes the players worry for no reason,” wrote Cariaso in a Viber message to PBA Rush.
The 28-year old Jalalon found himself in hot water anew after playing in an unsanctioned basketball game somewhere in Northern Luzon earlier this month.
He was fined P75K by the PBA and suspended for a total of 10 days without pay.
This is the second offense of the same nature by the 5-foot-9 playmaker. He was also found guilty of playing in a “ligang labas” game in Calamba, Laguna sometime in February of 2020 and was slapped by team management with a 2-practice days suspension without pay.
Jalalon admitted his wrongdoing and vowed never to commit the same mistake again.
“Lesson learned ko yun. Dapat hindi na ako maglaro sa ganoon kasi professional na ako,” said the former Gilas cadet.
“In-invite ako ng kaibigan ko. Mahirap naman tumanggi so pinatulan ko na lang.”