Gilas' Guiao to Jordan's Stiebing: "I was challenging him to take my ass"
Paul Lintag on Nov 21, 2018 10:35 PM
"The coach [Steibing] said he was ready to take my ass. I was challenging him to take my ass pero hindi naman niya ginawa," -- Gilas Pilipinas' Yeng Guiao.
MANILA, Philippines --- One thing about head coach Yeng Guiao is that he's not going take anything from anyone.
He will stand up for himself.
Seriously, literally anyone familiar with the PBA knows that as a fact.
Guiao and his Gilas Pilipinas were tested Wednesday at the Meralco Gym here as the national team's practice game against Jordan unfortunately ended with a commotion.
As Jordan was protesting a foul call in the fourth quarter, things escalated to the point that the Jordan national team ended up walking out for good.
The final incident was triggered after a Jordan player ended up throwing the ball on Scottie Thompson --- an action that merits automatic ejection in the PBA, much like what happened to Blackwater's Mike Digregorio a couple of weeks back in the 2018 Governors' Cup.
While that action seems harmless enough and the penalty actually severe on a first look, the PBA Commissioner's office reasons that those plays can lead to fights.
It almost did Wednesday.
Guiao and Jordan head coach Joseph Stiebing got into an intense verbal altercation at mid-court and the visitors decided to end the game prematurely at the 6:26 mark of the fourth and with Gilas up, 82-73.
"I felt that they were getting too rugged on us. Even in the beginning, even in the first game. Of course, it's also the responsibility of the referees to take control of the game. It's also my responsibility to keep my players safe. There's a lot of second motion happening, they were very rugged," Guiao said, narrating on how the game ended up from being a friendly to a near-brawl.
"The coach [Stiebing] said he was ready to take my ass. I was challenging him to take my ass pero hindi naman niya ginawa," he added.
Stiebing didn't deny that he had some choice words for Guiao but he said that those came during the heat of the moment.
The Jordan coach for his part, was very particular about Guiao allegedly cursing at his players. Stiebing said he asked Guiao to stop but coach Yeng persisted.
Stiebing's reasoning is that coaches cursing at opposing players could lead to fights breaking out.
Which again, it almost happened Wednesday night.
"When an opposing coach curses at your players and calls them names, I think that's crossing the lines, and I think that's what got me upset. I asked the coach earlier, I said, 'Please, don't talk to my players.' And then he did it again. I've had players before, if a coach curses at them, they'll go after them and start a fight. I think that's unprofessional," Stiebing said of Guiao.
"And you know, I told the coach [Guiao] something that I shouldn't have said but I didn't curse at him and it was just at the heat of the battle. But I did ask him twice not to curse at my guys and he continued to do it even after that," he added.
Guiao naturally defended Gilas and the actions of him and the national team in this tune-up game gone wrong.
Coach Yeng insists that they didn't do anything wrong and that the least Jordan could have done was be respectful guests.
Countless second motions don't make respectful guests says Guiao.
"I don't know if they're really inherently rugged or dirty, they were accusing us of being dirty. I don't know what dirty things we did, hindi ko alam sinasabi nila. But sila, ang dami nilang second motion. Even that incident that triggered the whole thing, their player threw the ball at our player, which was unnecessary," he said.
"They're our guest ano, maybe it's a two-way thing. But we did not do anything to them that they did not deserve. Ganun lang yun," Guiao added.
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