PBA Finals: Jones accepts Santos' apology
Mark Escarlote on Aug 16, 2019 11:20 PM
I mean, I'm a human being. I just wanted him to respect me as a person, as a father, and as a black man -- TNT Katropa's Terrence Jones on San Miguel Beer's Arwind Santos
It’s all water under the bridge now for San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos and TNT import Terrence Jones.
Santos extended the olive branch Friday night before Game 6 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals and apologized to the African-American reinforcement after his uncalled for gesture that warranted a hefty fine and hours of community service.
Santos drew flak after his monkey gesture on Jones in Game 5 last Wednesday. Though Santos was unapologetic at first, he backtracked on Thursday and apologized through a video post on Twitter.
However, he was fined P200,000 by the PBA and ordered to undergo 100 hours of community service and to undergo seminar and counseling.
Before tipoff, Santos approached Jones, who was preoccupied in the shoot-around, and personally asked for forgiveness. Jones seemed to ignore Santos’ advances but the import cleared that he acknowledged the SMB player’s attempt to apologize.
“Yeah, he apologized but it was close to gametime and at that point I'm in game mode. I heard him but I was more focused on the game at that point,” said Jones moments after the Beermen wrapped up the series, 102-90, at the Big Dome.
Jones added that he just want to put the past behind and move on.
“Yeah. I mean, I'm a human being. I just wanted him to respect me as a person, as a father, and as a black man,” said Jones, who finished the game with 41 points and 12 rebounds. “I'm here to represent my family. And I'm not saying anything bad about anybody else's culture or race. That's all I was saying.”
The Best Import winner said that the incident didn’t tarnish his overall view of the Philippines and the Filipino fans who have been welcoming and warm.
“No one person could tarnish how much love I was shown here with by the fans and the communities that I've been here with,” he said. “I just wanted to have that be respected as a person. I definitely didn’t take that into consideration of my overall stay here.”
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