NU’s Aroga on inciting the crowd: ‘I’m not that kind of player’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2016 06:01 PM
CLEARING THE AIR. Alfred Aroga said he had no bad intentions when he had a surprise interaction with a spectator.
We heard something we don’t hear that often on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
National University’s Alfred Aroga got himself a warning for “inciting the crowd” at the 2:53 mark of the final frame of their matchup with the University of the Philippines.
Apparently, beforehand, the Cameroonian center had an unexpected interaction with an opposing fan. Following a possession where he got fouled, he found himself surrounded by supporters of the Maroons.
Once there, Aroga then handed over the ball to an opposing fan.
Explaining what happened, he said, “I had the ball, I was giving it to a fan and I wanted him to give it back to me, something like that.”
He also added, for more emphasis, “I wasn’t throwing the ball. I’m not that kind of player.”
The Bulldogs’ captain then went on to say that he and the UP fan were not going at it. As he put it, “No, no, no, no, no, he wasn’t provoking me. There’s no problem, please. I don’t want it to be a big issue.”
Nonetheless, Aroga shared that he went to the fan and apologized after the final buzzer sounded. “I went there later and apologized ‘cause I don’t want it to be an issue. I’m not that kind of player, please,” he said.
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