PBA: Qualls says NLEX player called him the “N word”
Paul Lintag on Nov 25, 2019 08:43 PM
“One of them players called me the N word and I didn’t like that. Just a couple of racist comments. It really does’t affect me because I love everybody so it’s cool,” Qualls said. (PBA)
Things got heated in the final five minutes of the NLEX-Northport game Monday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.
After a drive, Batang Pier impot Michael Qualls stepped on NLEX’s Paul Varilla as they both fell to the floor.
That triggered an incident that ended with Poy Erram and Varilla ejected for separate flagrant foul penalty 2s.
Erram was tossed for an elbow to the back of Qualls’ head while Varilla was ejected for pushing Christian Standhardinger to the floor.
“One of them players called me the N word and I didn’t like that. Just a couple of racist comments. It really does’t affect me because I love everybody so it’s cool,” Qualls said.
“I really don’t know names like that. I think it was like “bariya.” I don’t know somebody. It’s cool. It happens. I won’t let nobody to get under my skin,” he added, possibl referring to Varilla.
On him stepping on Varilla that triggered the incident, Qualls says it was unintentional. Replay footage appears to support his cause.
“Nah man. I just be trying to get to the basket. He fell then I didn’t want to hurt my legs so I didn’t have anywhere else to step,” Qualls said.
“Before I knew, when I was getting up, that’s when I was getting swung on. It is what it is,” he added.
Despite the late incident, no. 8 Northport got the win and force a do-or-die for the semifinals against the Road Warriors.
Qualls had 39 points and 16 rebounds in the victory.
“I just want to win. As long as we win, that’s enough talking,” Quall said.
“They can talk, they want to fight or whatever do whatever outside the court, but other than that, I’m me who I am every night and I’m not going to back down from anybody. Neither is our team,” he added.
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