PBA Finals: Arwind thankful for peace of mind after Jones accepts apology
Paul Lintag on Aug 16, 2019 11:32 PM
“Syempre masayang-masaya ako. Hindi lang sa championship, pati yung peace of mind na bago mag-laro kanina,” Arwind said. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
After a crazy two days in which he’s been fined P200,000 for a racial gesture made towards TNT’s Terrence Jones, San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos can now have a sigh of relief.
Before Game 6 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday, Arwind approached Jones during warm-ups to personally apologize.
This was after Santos issued a video apology on Twitter Thursday for making a monkey gesture aimed towards Jones during Game 5 of the Finals Wednesday.
Terrence accepted the apology and that hit Arwind hard, perhaps more than the Beermen closing out the KaTropa in Game 6 to win the Commissioner’s Cup title.
“Syempre masayang-masaya ako. Hindi lang sa championship, pati yung peace of mind na bago mag-laro kanina,” Arwind said.
“Alam naman natin yung issue, uunahan ko na kayo doon. Yung isang lesson na natutunan ko na hindi ko makakalimutan. Yung isang lesson na natutunan ko na hindi ko makakalimutan pero at the same time parang in-accept ko siya na parang lesson sa akin ni Lord yun,” he added.
After being unapologetic about his actions following Game 5, Arwind has learned the error of his ways and is more than willing to change.
It takes a lot for a person to own up from a previous mistake and be able to make yourself better moving forward.
“Naniniwala naman ako na lahat naman ng tao sa mundo, may puso yan,” Santos said.
“Ako, willing naman ako bumaba, mas mababa pa, kahit anong gawin para mag-sorry lang. Aminado naman ako na mali ako,” he added.
Following the issue, Arwind played limited minutes in Game 6.
He came off he bench and played 13 and a half minutes. Arwind scored zero points. Whether or not San Miguel playing him limited minutes is because of the Jones issue or not is no longer relevant as long as Santos understood what went down.
In the end, the Beermen got their title and that’s the more important thing to pick up from Game 6.
“Malawak naman ang pag-iintindi sa mga sitwasyon na ganiyan. Ako naman hindi ko kailangan pilitin yung isang bagay na hindi talaga pwede,” Arwind said.
“Dahil sa ganitong sitwasyon, hindi naman bago pagka may import, talagang ako yung pinakanaa-apektuhan. Ang importante basta’t nananalo kami, ito nag-champion kami, everybody happy,” Santos added.
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