LOOK: Thon Maker breaks silence on Philippine Arena brawl
Philip Matel on Jul 03, 2018 10:36 AM
Much like Terrence Romeo, Maker defended his actions in the game, which saw him soar to the fray with kicks and even chased the newly-acquired TNT point guard with a lunge after Romeo hit him with a cheap shot.
Australian center Thon Maker has taken full responsibility for his actions in the bench-clearing brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia at the Philippine Arena.
The 7-1 Maker was among the primary protagonists in the brawl which saw nine players from the Philippine side get thrown out and four from the Australian side ejected, including the 21-year old center who also plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Much like Terrence Romeo, Maker, who was born in Sudan, defended his actions in the game, which saw him soar to the center of the action with a flying knee and even chased the newly-acquired TNT point guard with a lunge after Romeo hit him with a cheap shot.
"I am deeply disappointed in the actions displayed during yesterday's game against the Philippines," Maker said on his Twitter account.
"Being from a war-torn country, basketball for me has always ben a means to bring people together. I feel a great responsibility as an NBA players to carry myself in a way that promotes peace and unity."
He also stressed the need for better security measures in these kinds of games, which saw some spectators join the free-for-all, wherein a padded chair was thrown at a player, another one was ganged up, among others.
"I take responsibilty for my actions knowing that they were a result of MY DESIRE to protect my teammates and myself. It is a tremendous honor to represent Australia, Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA and my goal is to reflect that in my conduct and play," the statement concludes.
FIBA has announced that has opened up its investigation on the incident, which is one of the biggest on-court incidents in recent basketball memory.
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