San Miguel Beer forward Arwind Santos said he doesn't regret making a monkey gesture purportedly directed at TNT's Terrence Jones in Game 5 of their 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup finals on Wednesday.
TV camera caught Santos mocking Jones in the second quarter, an action for which the league, his teammates, and social media called out Santos.
“Sorry ako? Hindi. Depende ’yun sa kanya. Kung mapipikon siya, totoong monkey siya. Kung di ka mapipikon, di ka monkey. Kami nanga-asar lang. Kami nga magka-kapatid naga-asaran din kami. Di ko naman siya kaano-ano,” Santos said.
“Gusto lang namin manalo. Kung mapikon siya, hindi ko na kasalanan ’yun.”
Such a gesture is considered derogatory, especially if it is aimed at a person of African descent.
Santos said it’s all part of the so-called “mind games” the Beermen are playing on Jones.
According to ABS-CBN Sports, the 2012-13 MVP received a warning from PBA commissioner Willie Marcial and team coaches.
“Sinabihan naman ako kanina, kaya di ko na ginawa ’yun,” Santos said. “Dati ginagawa ko ’yan, wala naman warning so OK lang.”
Santos acknowledged not being new to throwing simian references, saying he and his teammates at Air21 used to call center Dorian Peña such.
“Dati naman, di ba, pwede mo isigaw ’yan? Kami nu’ng nasa Air 21 pa ako, time nila Dorian tinatawag din namin na ganu’n, gorilla,” said Santos, whose team beat TNT 99-94 on Wednesday for a chance to clinch the title in Game 6 of their best-of-7 title series on Friday.
“Pero wala ’yun pang-asar lang ’yun, sinusubukan mo lang mang-asar. Kasi magaling.”
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