"Salt Bae" Marcio denies taunting that led to his Game 2 ejection

Paul Lintag on Feb 27, 2017 05:53 PM
"Clearly I did not taunt so..." --- Salt Bae Marcio Lassiter (Photo courtesy of the PBA).

Marcio Lassiter went into super mode in the second half of Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals in Lucena City.

Lassiter was absolutely cooking in the third period, helping two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer rally from a 24-point halftime deficit.

When he hit his fifth three-point shot of the quarter to San Miguel to within two points, 82-84, Marcio decided to cook it up even further, dropping the "Salt Bae" gesture, 2017's first official meme, on Sol Mercado.

He was ejected right then and there after getting a technical foul for taunting.

It was the turning point for San Miguel as the Beermen would also later lose June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross due to fouls. Ginebra ended up winning in overtime to tie the series at one game each.

"Honestly, the fans still [saw] a great game, still happy. But kind of sad I wasn't out there on the court," Lassiter said.

"I want to support my teammates and be there and I wasn't able to do that. Hopefully in Game 3 I can be there for the whole game," he added.

While he's sorry for getting ejected and not being able to complete what would have been a historic comeback for the Beermen, Lassiter maintains he did nothing wrong on Mercado, a good friend of his.

"I'm not here to criticize the refs, that's their call and I have to respect it," he said.

"You guys see me [and] what I do. Clearly I did not taunt so...," Lassiter added.

 

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