MANILA, Philippines -- NLEX's Paul Varilla and Poy Erram apologized for their costly actions against NorthPort in their 2019 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinal game Monday.
Via social media on Wednesday, the pair took responsibility for their actions and vowed to learn from their mistakes.
Varilla and Erram were ejected from their game with less than five minutes left to play following a scuffle with NorthPort's Michael Qualls. Varilla tried to take a charge from Qualls and was stepped on by Qualls as he tried to break his fall.
The situation escalated when Erram threw an elbow at Qualls. The two players had to be separated; Varilla and Erram were given flagrant fouls (penalty 2) which merited an ejection. They were also fined a combined P90,000 the next day.
Most crucially, they are both suspended for NLEX's do-or-die game against NorthPort on Wednesday evening.
NLEX and NorthPort play at 7 p.m.
"Paulit-ulit kong pinag-iisipan ang nangyari sa last game namin. Nagsisisi ako sa mga nagawa ko," Erram posted on his social media accounts. "To Michael Qualls, I’m sorry for hurting you in our last game. I also want to apologize to coach Pido (Jarencio of NorthPort) for my behavior.
"My first instinct was to defend my teammate and I let my emotions get the better of me. My temper is not an excuse," he added.
Erram also apologized to his teammates, coaches, and the NLEX management for his role in the fracas.
"This is on me," he said. "I promise you, this will be the last of my unnecessary actions, and I'll do my best to earn back your trust."
Erram is a crucial player for NLEX, averaging 10.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game for the top-seeded team.
The rookie Varilla, meanwhile, said he "reacted out of pain and hurt, and did not take time to think of how my actions could hurt others."
"To Michael Qualls, Christian Standhardinger, the NLEX organization, the PBA, and all our fans who I disappointed with my behavior, I sincerely apologize. I am learning, and I commit myself to becoming a better athlete and person," he added.
Varilla averages 3.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per game for the Road Warriors.
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