PBA Finals: No apology from Arwind after monkey gesture aimed at Jones
Paul Lintag on Aug 14, 2019 11:09 PM
“Sorry ako? Hindi. Depende yun sa kanya. Kung mapipikon siya, totoong monkey siya. Kung di ka mapipikon, di ka monkey. Kami nanga-asar lang.” — Arwind Santos on his monkey gesture aimed at Terrence Jones. (Photos by Richard Esguerra)
For the most part, Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between TNT and San Miguel Beer went normal.
No shenanigans or anything like that. No more physical mind games.
And then there’s Arwind.
Santos was caught on camera doing a monkey gesture late in the first half after TNT’s Best Import Terrence Jones was called for a foul, resulting in a change in possession.
Without a shadow of a doubt, that counts as racism especially on the part of Jones, who is African-American.
Unfortunately and quite disappointingly, Arwind doesn’t see it that way. In fact, he’s unapologetic about it.
“Sorry ako? Hindi. Depende yun sa kanya. Kung mapipikon siya, totoong monkey siya. Kung di ka mapipikon, di ka monkey. Kami nanga-asar lang. Kami nga magka-kapatid naga-asaran din kami. Di ko naman siya kaano-ano,” Santos said.
“Gusto lang namin manalo. Kung mapikon siya, hindi ko na kasalanan yun,” Arwind added.
Jones didn’t see the gesture and so it was a non-issue.
However, fans have started to call out Arwind on social media, even San Miguel supporters.
It’s 2019, those things have no place in this world, especially a Finals that has been beautifully-played by both teams.
Looks like Arwind didn’t get the memo.
“Dati naman di ba, pwede mo isigaw yan. Kami nung nasa Air 21 pa ako, time nila Dorian [Pena] tinatawag din namin na ganun, gorilla,” he said.
“Pero wala yun pang-asar lang yun, sinusubukan mo lang mang-asar. Kasi magaling eh,” Santos added.
After the gesture, Arwind did admit that he got a warning from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial and from his own coaches, after all, he did the gesture while on the bench.
“Sinabi ko nga di ba, mind games yun, Pero sinabihan naman ako kanina, kaya di ko na ginawa yun. Dati ginagawa ko yan, wala naman warning so okay lang. Kanina na-warning ako ni Commissioner tsaka ng mga coaches ko, kaya di ko na ginawa,” Santos said.
“Basketball, mind games di ba? Malay mo makita niya at mapikon siya pag tinatawag siya na ganun. Eh pabor samin. Na-warning naman kami, sinabihan kami. Nakaka-intindi naman kami,” he added.
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