Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao has apologized for using the word “mongoloid” during an incident with Meralco forward Cliff Hodge but won’t apologize to the player himself.
Guiao on Friday was fined P100,000 by the PBA Commissioner’s Office for calling Hodge a “mongoloid” following an incident where Hodge hit RoS rookie Raymond Almazan with a closed fist.
After Game 3 of the Rain or Shine-Meralco quarter-finals series, Guiao made his apologies.
“I’m taking the opportunity to apologize to all who I might have offended for the term I used on Cliff Hodge,” said Guiao, as quoted by PBA.ph. “I had meant no harm on the people affected or offended.”
“But my apology is not extended to Cliff Hodge,” Guiao stressed. “If there’s another appropriate term I can call Cliff Hodge, I’d gladly call him that.”
Hodge was fined P20,000 for his closed fist on Almazan.
After the game, Guiao said that despite being fined, Hodge “put another elbow to Jeff Chan’s face,” which left the RoS guard lying on the court.
“I don’t think he (Hodge) can stop himself,” said Guiao. “It’s his style to use himself as a human projectile, throwing himself at players, pretending to go after the ball. He has hurt a lot of people doing that.”
The Elasto Painters beat the Bolts, 97-96, in overtime to advance to the semi-finals against the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.