PBA needs voice expert on this one

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    WHO was the culprit?

    The PBA certainly wants to know and is exhausting all means to get to the bottom of things. Even fans want to know.

    The words were loud and clear, but who said them is still unknown, for now.

    The PBA is set to probe the “luto!” accusation incident that happened in Game 3 of the best-of-five semifinals battle between Ginebra and Meralco last Sunday night in the Philippine Cup at the Smart 5G-powered AUF Gym in Angeles City.

    On live television and live streaming on Facebook, someone was heard shouting the words “Ref, lutong-lutong ‘to ah!” at the 10:04 mark of the fourth quarter.

    The incident, perhaps one of the drawbacks of playing without a crowd due to the restrictions of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, drew flak on social media.

    Fans assumed it was Bolts veteran big man Reynel Hugnatan who screamed at the now-viral video since he was called for a technical foul, but it was still unclear yesterday if the resounding complaint really came from the Meralco camp.

    Was it a player, coach, assistant coach, or team staff? Was it someone inside the bubble not affiliated with either team?

    The person, if and when identified, will likely be slapped a hefty fine. First, however, his identity must be established.

    The Kings held off the Bolts 91-84 to take a 2-1 lead in the race-to-three series and move within a win of reaching the finals of the conference that was drastically altered by the pandemic.