ABL suspend Freeman; Jeffers fined

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) have fined Gabe Freeman and handed the San Miguel Beermen star a one match ban.

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Marcus Chhan

By Marcus Chhan

The league announced on Tuesday that it had suspended Freeman for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for 'unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary and excessive physical contact' during Sunday's 66-55 win in Singapore over the Jobstreet.com Slingers.

As per league rules, the club have 36 hours to launch an appeal.

A spokesperson for the Beermen has told FOX Sports they are "giving the decision due attention and are studying our options".

Slingers' centre Kyle Jeffers has also been fined an undisclosed amount for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' for his actions during the same game.

Jeffers and Freeman had to be pulled apart by team-mates in Sunday's game after the Slinger took exception to the Beermen player's treatment of Singapore guard Desmond Oh. Freeman had earlier shoved and knocked Oh to the ground midway through the third quarter of the match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. TV footage also shows the American standing on the guard while gesturing towards him in an intimidating fashion.

A spokesperson for the Slingers said they would not comment on Tuesday's ABL ruling "until we have time to look into the situation further".

They have 36 hours to launch an appeal.

In a separate incident, the ABL have announced that the Beermen's Michael Burtscher has received an undisclosed fine following a comment regarding league officials made via his public Twitter account in early February.

And Slingers' Rashad Jones-Jennings has also received an undisclosed fine for making what the ABL deemed as "inappropriate comments" about league officials during a media interview.

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