(UPDATE) Terrence Jones on Friday said he accepted Arwind Santos’ apology in the aftermath of Santos derogatory action in the previous game.
Santos approached Jones on the court during warm-ups prior to Game 6 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at Araneta Coliseum.
Jones said he recognized Santos’ gesture, although it didn’t seem that way to those who saw it.
“He apologized, but it was close to game time and at that point I’m in game mode,” Jones said.
“I heard him but I was more focused on the game at that point.”
Jones, named best import of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup, finished with 41 points to lead TNT in Game 6, which the KaTropa lost and went to San Miguel Beer for the championship.
Santos, whose monkey gesture aimed at Jones in Game 5 cost him P200,000 and social media backlash, was happy with Jones’ response.
“S’yempre masayang-masaya ako. Hindi lang sa championship, pati ’yung peace of mind na bago maglaro kanina,” Santos said.
“Alam naman natin ’yung issue . . . ’Yung isang lesson na natutunan ko na hindi ko makakalimutan pero at the same time parang in-accept ko siya na parang lesson sa akin ni Lord ’yun.”
Santos, who refused to apologize at first, said he had no problem changing his stance.
“Malawak naman ang pag-iintindi sa mga sitwasyon na ganiyan. Ako naman hindi ko kailangan pilitin ’yung isang bagay na hindi talaga pwede,” he said.
Jones said he’ll leave Manila appreciative of the support he received during his time in the PBA.
“I’m a human being. I just wanna get respect as a person, as a father, as a black man. I’m here to represent my family and I’m not saying anything bad to anybody else’s culture or race,” he said.
“No one person can could tarnish how much love I was shown here by the fans and the community.”
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