- Santos was caught on camera making ‘monkey gestures’ towards Jones
- The PBA has summoned the SMB forward who was sl
app ed with P200,000 fine
- The veteran SMB player has since apologized to Jones
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has sl
app ed San Miguel Beer (SMB) veteran forward Arwind Santos with a P200,000 fine after the latter was caught on camera taunting TNT import Terrence Jones during Game 5 of 2019 Commissioner’s Cup finals on Wednesday, August 14.
Santos was caught on video making ‘monkey gestures’ towards Jones after the TNT player missed his shot and called for a foul. The American import did not see this and learned only about it on the news.
The SMB forward was initially unapologetic and even defended his action by saying it was part of the so-called ‘mind games’ in basketball and should not be taken seriously.
However, Jones took off
ens e at Santos’ taunt, calling it a ‘r aci al slur and gestures’ and a disrespect to his family and race.
“I don’t normally post responses to negative things said about me – but as a father and a black man – this can’t be ignored,” Jones aired his sentiment on Instagram.
“I came to the PBA to play – and to share my talent – in a country where I have tremendous respect for its culture and its people. My son is of Filipino descent. I cannot and will not tolerate r
aci al slurs and gestures,” Jones added.
On Thursday, Santos was summoned by PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial and was
sl app ed with a P200,000 fine. The pu ni shm ent also include 100 hours of community service and he has to undergo seminars and counseling on equality and r aci al di scrimin ation.
Marcial reiterated that r
aci sm has no place not only in basketball, but in sports in general. The PBA official also warned Santos of stiffer p en alti es and s anction if the same thing happens again.
Meanwhile, Santos has already apologized to Jones and to the PBA family including fans of SMB and TNT.
“First of all, I would like to say sorry to Terrence Jones. I don’t mean anything bad for you, I hope you forgive me,” he said in a Twitter video on Thursday.