Arwind Santos slapped with P200K fine over ‘racial gestures’ towards Jones

Images screen capture via You Tube videos
  • Santos was caught on camera making ‘monkey gestures’ towards Jones
  • The PBA has summoned the SMB forward who was slapped with P200,000 fine
  • The veteran SMB player has since apologized to Jones

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has slapped 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.

Arwind Santos| Image from Arwind Santos Offical Facebook page

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 offense at Santos’ taunt, calling it a ‘racial slur and gestures’ and a disrespect to his family and race.

Image capture from YT channel W Gameplay PH video

“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 racial slurs and gestures,” Jones added.

On Thursday, Santos was summoned by PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial and was slapped with a P200,000 fine. The punishment also include 100 hours of community service and he has to undergo seminars and counseling on equality and racial discrimination.

Marcial reiterated that racism has no place not only in basketball, but in sports in general. The PBA official also warned Santos of stiffer penalties and sanction if the same thing happens again.

Terrence Jones| Image capture from YT channel W Gameplay PH video

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.

 

Sources:  Twitter   Instagram    ABS CBN

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