Belga breaks down #SpitGate, admits to having own spitting incidents in PBA
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
"Lunukin mo na lang." Beau Belga reacts to the recent brawl between the Rockets and the Lakers. (File Photo)
Rain or Shine forward Beau Belga may be one of the more appropriate PBA players to talk to about the recent brawl during LeBron James' first home game for the Los Angeles Lakers last Sunday.
In just the Rockets' and Lakers' second game of the season, a fight broke out after Brandon Ingram shoved reigning MVP James Harden following a foul call.
Things got heated on a different part of the court and veteran point guards Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into it.
Paul was seen wiping his face before sticking his fingers near Rondo's eyes, before the Lakers' point guard threw a left-handed hook to trigger an all-out melee that had the usually calm Ingram throwing a wild running punch.
After the fight, reports surfaced that Paul really got into it after Rondo apparently spat on his face.
Video surfaced online that appeared to show Rondo blasting a mist of spit right into Paul.
Belga, who's had his fair share of on-court scuffles in the PBA, saw the fight as an indication of how competetive the season already is and how the two powerhouse teams already have that mid-season mentality.
"Mainit agad ang labanan sa NBA," Belga mused in an interview with Mico Halili on ABS-CBN Sports show The Score.
The ten-year PBA veteran also broke down how the fight came about, saying that CP3 was given no choice but to fight back.
Looking back, Belga recalled a couple of times he had done the same, saying he had spat on players he didn't name 'about two times' in separate occasions.
Belga also said that in one instance, he did it on a foreign player, claiming that the langauge barrier hindered him from talking smack, "so yun na lang ibibigay ko," he said.
He was, however, fined around P10K to P15K after a retroactive review.
Belga remembered how he was called by then-league commissioner Sonny Barrios into the PBA office thinking it was about a guesting of some sort, but was caught off-guard by the the real nature of the meeting. “Pag review, ayun, kita si Belga, may pinasisirit na hindi maganda,” he said between laughs.
Turning sort of serious, Belga said his actions were uncalled for, and added that the five-digit fine hurt him the most “isang cart na rin ng groceries yun."
The Gilas Pilipinas big man then advised players to think before doing anything unsportsmanlike on the court.
“It’s part of the game pero hindi advisable na gawin mo, kasi hindi naman tama na duduraan mo yung kalaban mo dahil lang sa laro," he said, adding that he has also been putting his words into action.
“Pag may nag-away ngayon ako na yung tawga-awat e, dati pag may nag-away nauuna pa ko eh," he said.
Ending the interview, Belga had four words to pretty much sum up the better thing to do.
"Lunukin mo na lang."
Check out the full interview below: