PBA: In wake of US protests, Phoenix players share own experience of racist abuse


Posted at Jun 06 2020 12:59 AM


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Members of the Phoenix Super LPG team in the PBA took to Instagram to share their personal experience of racist abuse, as the United States deals with the fallout of an African-American man's murder in the hands of a police officer.

"I was there selling lemonade in the streets (when) a group of white guys came by and yelled, 'Why would we buy lemonade from a (expletive)?'," recalled former La Salle standout Jason Perkins.

Assistant coach and former PBA player Topex Robinson recalled being at the receiving end of racial slurs as a kid.

"Negro, baluga, monkey were just of the names people called me when I was growing up," Robinson said.

Other Fuel Masters players who shared their experiences were Brian Heruela, Davon Potts and Willie Wilson.

PBA star Calvin Abueva said the insults motivated him to succeed.

"Since I was a kid, until college, sometimes until now, I experienced getting pikon, I'm labelled being black, but this didn't stop me," Abueva said.

Teammates, including Matthew Wright, who came up with the idea of putting together the video, voiced their support for his teammates.

"We the Phoenix Fuel Masters stand with you," he said.

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