MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) superstar guard Terrence Romeo aired his side of the story regarding a controversial incident with De La Salle’s Jeron Teng during their Final Four showdown.
Videos made the rounds on social media that showed Romeo, the UAAP Season 76 Most Valuable Player, rubbing his hand on Teng’s before the La Salle guard took technical free throws in the third period.
Teng turned around and glared at Romeo, but the FEU player only put his hands up and walked away.
On Saturday, after he was handed the MVP trophy, Romeo explained his side of the story.
“Lilinawin ko lang po,” said Romeo. “Sa totoo lang po, ang istorya po niyan, alam ko po kasi na si Teng, ayaw po niya mag-free throw na nababasa po ang kamay niya.”
“Wala po akong intensiyon na duraan po siya. As in, pawis lang po talaga ‘yun, mamatay man po ako,” he stressed.
Romeo said he understands if people believe that he wiped his saliva on Teng’s hand, but insisted that his conscience is clear.
“Kaya nga gusto ko po sana na mag-sorry kay Teng, pero pag sinabi ko na nag-sorry ako, parang inamin ko na laway eh,” he added.
Romeo explained that he was just trying to do his best to take the Green Archers out of the game, especially as he was struggling with his shooting as well.
“Kasi that time, parang medyo off ‘yung shooting ko tapos pakiramdam ko, lahat ng momentum napupunta sa La Salle,” he said. “Wala na po akong maisip, gusto ko lang po na manalo ang FEU, so naisip ko na lang na sirain ang laro ng players nila.”
“Pawis lang po talaga ‘yun. Wala pong personalan.”
Teng had the last laugh in the game as La Salle defeated FEU, 71-68, to advance to the Finals, where they are currently tied 1-1 with the University of Santo Tomas in their best-of-three series.