MANILA, Philippines -- De La Salle University's active consultant Jermaine Byrd apologized to National University (NU) coach Jamike Jarin after their UAAP Season 82 game on Sunday, following the Green Archers' 85-61 triumph against the Bulldogs.
This, as Jarin was upset at a late timeout that Byrd called in the fourth quarter, with the Green Archers already well in control of the game. Jarin attempted to confront Byrd after the game, but was calmed down by NU assistant coach Danny Ildefonso and Danny Seigle, La Salle's director of basketball operations.
"First of all, I have all the respect for all the coaches in this league," Byrd said after the game.
Byrd explained that he simply wanted to take out La Salle center Justine Baltazar from the game, and thus decided to sue for time with 1:24 left and the Green Archers holding a commanding 83-60 advantage.
"My best player had been cramping up the whole game, he was getting fouled the whole game. He asked to come out the game, so I called a timeout to get him out of the game," said the American coach.
"I meant no disrespect, I apologized to coach. That's all it was," he stressed.
Jarin would not deny that he was dismayed at what Byrd did, as he felt that the La Salle mentor violated one of basketball's unwritten rules.
"Who wouldn't?" said Jarin when asked if he was offended. "It is unwritten ethics, right? Everybody knows that. Not only in basketball."
Jarin felt that Byrd should know better, regardless of his unfamiliarity with the UAAP landscape. Byrd is only in his first season as La Salle's active consultant.
"Hindi lang naman dito pina-practice 'yun," he pointed out.
Regardless, Jarin said he has accepted Byrd's apology.
"He apologized, so you have to ano, 'di ba. We're all human. I have no problems with that. He apologized, I accept that," he said.
La Salle swept their season series with the Bulldogs. They claimed an 83-82 win over NU in the first round, before registering a more comfortable victory in the second.
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