Arwind Santos, San Miguel Beer forward, was fined P200,000 by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) due to his racial gesture aimed towards TNT import Terrence Jones.
During the second quarter of the Game 5 of PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday, Santos was seen dancing like a monkey after Jones was called for a foul.
Aside from the monetary fine, the PBA star will also render 100 hours of community service and undergo seminar and counseling with regards to equality and racial discrimination, according to Commissioner Willie Marcial.
“Walang lugar ang racial discrimination sa basketball at sports in general at sa PBA in particular,” Macial said.
“Hindi pinahihintulutan ng liga yung mga ganung aksyon, at kung maulit pa, mas mabigat na sanction ang ipapataw natin.”
In addition, the commissioner asked for understanding from Mr. Jones and his family.
“Bilang Commissioner, humihingi ako ng pasensya at pang-unawa kay Mr. Terrence Jones at sa kanyang pamilya,” Marcial said.
“Ang PBA at tahanan para sa lahat, bukas para sa lahat at walang kinikilalang kulay, lahi o paniniwala,” he added.
In the meantime, Jones has criticized the racist gesture of Santos in a tweet, calling the PBA to take immediate strong action against the act of the PBA player.
Santos expresses apology for his gesture
Santos, on the other hand, was really apologetic during their meeting, according to Marical.
“He [Santos] asked for forgiveness from the fans, Terrence Jones and the entire TNT team.”
Meanwhile, in less than 24 hours, the SMB star already released his public apology in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“I don’t mean anything bad for you I hope you forgive me. I wanna say sorry again,” Santos said to Jones.
“Gusto ko rin humingi ng tawad sa fans ng Talk ‘N Text, San Miguel, at ng PBA. Wala po akong masamang intensiyon. Inaamin ko po mali po ako. Sana mapatawad niyo po ako, tao lang po ako nagkakamali din,” he added.