PBA Finals: Arwind fined P200k for racist gesture on Jones

Paul Lintag on Aug 15, 2019 05:04 PM
PBA Finals: Arwind fined P200k for racist gesture on Jones
For his monkey gesture aimed towards Jones late in the first half of Game 5, Arwind has been fined a total of P200,000 by the PBA. Santos is also ordered to 100 hours of community service as well as undergo seminar and counseling. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Arwind Santos has finally apologized to Terrence Jones for the monkey gesture he did during Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, but the San Miguel Beer forward has been dealt a heavy fine by the league.

For his monkey gesture aimed towards Jones late in the first half of Game 5, Arwind has been fined a total of P200,000 by the PBA.

Santos is also ordered to 100 hours of community service as well as undergo seminar and counseling.

Unapologetic at first, Santos has backtracked and issued a video apology to Jones Thursday.

“I don’t mean anything bad for you I hope you forgive me,” Santos said in in his message to Jones.

“I wanna say sorry again,” he added.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial was quick to address the issue, summoning Arwind Thursday and issueing the sanctions a couple of hours later.

“Walang lugar ang racial discrimination sa basketball at sports in general at sa PBA in particular. Hindi pinahihintulutan ng liga yung mga ganung aksyon, at kung maulit pa, mas mabigat na sanction ang ipapataw natin,” said Marcial.
 
“Bilang Commissioner, humihingi ako ng pasensya at pang-unawa kay Mr. Terrence Jones at sa kanyang pamilya. Ang PBA at tahanan para sa lahat, bukas para sa lahat at walang kinikilalang kulay, lahi o paniniwala,” Commissioner Willie added.

Arwind wasn’t suspended and should be available for the Beermen in Game 6 Friday.

San Miguel leads the Commissioner’s Cup Finals over TNT, 3-2.

 

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