The past week has been among the toughest of JR Quinahan’s life.
The veteran big man had his NLEX contract cancelled for the same offense just days after being fined Php70,000 by the PBA Commissioner’s Office for participating in a ‘ligang labas’ game in his native Cebu that was marred by brawls.
Following a thorough investigation, it was found that Quinahan had violated several offenses of his Uniform Players’ Contract including, among others, playing in unsanctioned games without obtaining clearance from NLEX management and the Philippine Basketball Association, the group said in a statement made public on Saturday.
The story does not end there.
Yeng Guiao, who trained Quinahan, a 38-year-old bruiser, at the Elasto Painters camp and then signed him during his tenure as NLEX coach, shattered any hopes of Quinahan having a homecoming at Rain or Shine on Sunday.
Even though Guiao was eager to assist the other half of Rain or Shine’s renowned “Extra Rice” duo, the multi-awarded coach believed that adding Quinahan now would go against the course that the PBA team has established for the near future.
Following two high first-round picks and two second-round picks in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft, Rain or Shine is anticipating a significant personnel upgrade for the upcoming season after failing in Guiao’s first season back.
Therefore, it might not be in line with their intentions to sign an experienced big man who has just returned from a protracted injury layoff.
According to Guiao, the team is genuinely clearing space for draft picks come September. They possess two first-round picks and two second-round picks. He loves JR, but the assistance I can give him is constrained.
Quinahan was fined P50,000 for failing to obtain permission from the Road Warriors and the league, as well as P20,000 more for his participation in the end-of-game altercation with former Rain or Shine colleague Beau Belga against a rival international player.
Based on his highest monthly wage of P420, 000, the 38-year-old Cebuano footballer stands to lose P3.3 million.
Quinahan’s situation was made worse by the fact that he is currently on the Road Warriors’ injury list after having surgery to treat his ailing foot last season.
As he recovered from the injury, he was unable to play in the Commissioner’s Cup or the Governors’ Cup.
Quinahan would not scrimmage during 5-on-5 games and would only engage in shooting drills as the Road Warriors started to train and prepare for the upcoming preseason.