MANILA, Philippines – San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez is asking his team's opponents to show respect for center Ola Adeogun after a racial slur was allegedly directed towards the Nigerian center during the Red Lions' pre-season game against Lyceum.
Adeogun was slapped with a technical foul with 2:14 to go in the FilOil Premier Cup game last Saturday, which the Red Lions won 80-56, after an incident with Lyceum's Paul Pamulaklakin.
Fernandez did not specify the racial slur directed at Adeogun, but asked that his player be respected.
"I hope that Filipino players will not be racist, because Ola just came here to study"” Fernandez said, as quoted by The Philippine Star. "Probably, when he goes back to his country, he will just be a regular and earn for his family."
"Sana naman, bigyan niyo ng kaunting respeto 'yung tao. Ola respects the Philippines a lot, especially the Filipino people," he added.
Fernandez said the physicality during games was fine, but a line must be drawn.
"If it's a physical game, it’s a physical game, no question about it," he said. "Pero kung degrading na, it was Ola who told me na iba na 'yung sinasabi sa kanya, sana naman ma-stop na kasi masakit din eh."
He added that Adeogun cannot be blamed for reacting as he did.
"Hindi mo rin masisisi 'yung tao, kasi they’re trash-talking him, and sometimes, it's below the belt," he explained.
"Sometimes, medyo masama na rin, racial discrimination. Nasasaktan din ‘yung tao, siyempre," he added.