Arwind backs up Ross after alleged racial skirmish with Guiao

Paul Lintag on Jan 20, 2018 04:22 PM
Arwind backs up Ross after alleged racial skirmish
"Relax lang. Pero syempre iba din si Chris Ross, yung kapatid namin, pagka tama sya, pinaglalaban nya. Di sya hihinto doon. Nandito lang kami sa likod nya," forward Arwind Santos said, talking about his point guard after the incident.

San Miguel Beer is standing behind its point guard Chris Ross in the aftermath of the allegedly racial skirmish between him and NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao at the end of Friday's Philippine Cup game at the Cuneta Astrodome.

[Related: Ganuelas-Rosser says racism 'very real' in the PBA following Guiao-Ross incident]

With the Beermen on their way to a fourth straight win, Ross and Guiao got into it in front of the NLEX bench with less than two minutes to go, leading to the ejection of Ross from the game for getting a second technical foul.

[Related: Guiao's alleged racial slur sparks confrontation with Ross]

Ross declined to give any interviews but Beermen head coach Leo Austria said that he confronted his point guard on the matter and revealed that the race card may have been thrown in there somewhere during all the shouting.

Apparently, Guiao said hurled the n-word towards Ross.

Guiao denies saying anything close to it though.

[Related: Guiao denies racial slur but admits to dirty finger during Ross incident]

"Relax lang. Pero syempre iba din si Chris Ross, yung kapatid namin, pagka tama sya, pinaglalaban nya. Di sya hihinto doon. Nandito lang kami sa likod nya," forward Arwind Santos said, talking about his point guard after the incident.

While everything seems to be good at the San Miguel camp for now, Santos, including Austria as well, says that Ross could have handled things better against Guiao even though they're not blaming him for snapping in the heat of the moment.

"Tama naman din ang desisyon nya, pero mahirap kung crucial yun, 10-point lead kami. Paano kung crucial yun at nathrown out sya. alam natin kung gaano kaimportante si Chris Ross. Sana next time, alam ko naman mahahandle nya yun," Santos said.

As for coach Yeng, Santos says that he's used to his former national team coach's game antics.

The 2013 MVP vouches for Guiao off the court.

"Si coach Yeng ganun naman talaga. Na-handle nya na ako at naging coach ko rin sya. Ako nga inaanak nya ako sa kasal pero mumurahin ka nyan pag game. Ganoon talaga," he said.

"Pero outside the game, mabait yan. Ganoon lang talaga pag game, ayaw natin matalo. Ganoon talaga ang buhay ng basketbolista," Santos said.

 


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