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Arwind Santos in hot water over 'monkey gestures' towards Terrence Jones

by Reynald Magallon, August 15, 2019 11:53am

Not a few fans and observers expressed their disappointment after San Miguel beer forward Arwind Santos was caught doing monkey gestures towards TNT import Terrence Jones in their Game Five wars in the 2019 Commissioner's Cup Finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

The lanky forward was shown doing the gesture, which many deemed to be racial in nature, in the final minutes of the second frame.

Santos explained that he was just merely trying to get into Jones' head although he admitted that Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Willie Marcial immediately warned him.

"Sinabi ko nga, mind games ‘yun pero sinabihan naman ako kaya hindi ko na ginawa ‘yun. Dati, ginagawa ko ‘yan, wala naman warning. Okay lang. Kanina winarningan ako ni Commissioner at mga coaches ko kaya hindi ko na ginawa," said Santos who also had numerous scuffles with Jones throughout the series, the most notable on Game Four when the two had a shouting match.

“Ang basketball mind games. Malay mo makita niya, ma-pikon siya doon. Pabor sa amin. Mabuti na-warningan naman kami. Nakakaintindi naman kami. Hindi na namin uulitin," Santos continued.

The veteran forward, however, seemed to be unapologetic after the incident saying that it's on Jones to whether take it as offensive against him.

"Magso-sorry ako? Hindi, kasi depende ‘yun sa kanya. Kung mapipikon siya, totoong monkey siya. Kung hindi ka mapipikon, hindi ka monkey. Kami, nang-aasar lang. Kami ngang magkakapatid nag-aasaran din kami.

"Sa basketball, hindi ko naman sila kaano-ano. Gusto lang namin manalo. Kung mapipikon siya, hindi ko na kasalanan ‘yun. Ganyan talaga ang basketball,” said Santos.

It's still unclear whether Santos will be sanctioned by the Commissioner's office although the veteran forward said that they have been doing it in the past.

"Dati naman, puwede mong isigaw ‘yan. Kami nung time namin nung nasa Air21 pa ako, time nila Dorian (Pena) tinatawag din naming ganyan ‘yan. Pero pang-asar lang ‘yun. Parang sinusubukan mo lang mang-asar, kasi naiinis ka kasi magaling."

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