PBA Finals: Jones says racism has no place in sports in response to Arwind’s monkey gesture
Paul Lintag on Aug 15, 2019 12:59 PM
“As a father and a black man, this can’t be ignored. I came to the PBA to play and to share my talent in a country where I have tremendous respect for its culture and its people,” Jones wrote on Instagram in response to Arwind Santos. (Photos by Richard Esguerra)
Terrence Jones has responded to Arwind Santos’ monkey gesture during Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Late in the first half of Wednesday’s game, Arwind was caught on camera doing a monkey gesture after Jones was called for a foul following a missed shot.
Asked about it after the game, Arwind was unapologetic about it.
Jones didn’t see the gesture during the game but he has sinced caught up with the news, offering a response on his social media Thursday.
“As a father and a black man, this can’t be ignored. I came to the PBA to play and to share my talent in a country where I have tremendous respect for its culture and its people,” Jones wrote on Instagram.
“My son is of Filipino descent. I cannot and will not tolerate racial slurs and gestures. They’re not only disrespectful to me but to my family and my race,” he added.
Ajani, Jones’ son who has watched his father play in Manila, has Filipino blood.
Arwind downplayed his gesture to mere mind games but Jones certainly doesn’t think so. San Miguel players have admittedly employed mind games on Jones in these Finals but Santos’ gesture simply do not count as one.
“I teach my son to be proud of who he is and to be respectful of all,” Jones said.
“This wasn’t a case of ‘mind games’ in an athletic competition, it was racism. Period,” he added.
The TNT import, who’s been named as the league’s best in the Commissioner’s Cup, hopes that the PBA takes this issue seriously.
“It is unacceptable. Swift, significant action needs to be taken by the PBA to send a strong, clear message that racism in any form is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Jones said.
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