Arwind Santos apologizes for racist gesture; PBA metes out P200k fine

Arwind Santos apologizes for racist gesture; PBA metes out P200k fine
Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer
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MANILA, Philippines – Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer has apologized for making a racist gesture toward TNT import Terrence Jones in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Santos on Thursday took to Twitter and posted a video of his apology directed at Jones, fans of both teams and the PBA.

“I don't mean anything bad for you. I hope you forgive me. I wanna say sorry again,” the San Miguel forward told Jones in the video.

The incident happened late in the first half of Game Five when, while he was on the bench, Santos was caught on camera mimicking a monkey following a foul called against Jones.

In an interview with reporters after the game, Santos showed no remorse over his actions, saying he was simply trying to get under Jones' skin.

The act has been condemned by PBA fans and Jones himself, who on Thursday called for a “swift, significant action” by the league.

But Santos has since changed his tune, seeking forgiveness and understanding from those affected by his mistake. 

“Gusto ko humingi ng taos-pusog patawad sa mga fans ng Talk n Text, San Miguel, PBA at sa lahat ng mga nasaktan. Wala po akong masamang intensiyon. Inaamin ko po, mali po ako. Sorry po. Sana mapatawad niyo po ako,” he added in the video.

Meanwhile, the PBA on Thursday slapped a P200,000 fine on Santos for the racist gesture. The Beerman also has to render 100 hours of community service and undergo seminar and counseling on equality and racial discrimination.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said racism has no place in basketball and sports in general. He vowed to impose a heavier punishment on repeat offenders.

Game Six of the finals is on Friday.

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