Nanawagan si Terrence Jones sa pamunuan ng Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) na patawan ng kaukulang parusa si Arwind Santos hinggil sa ginawang monkey gesture sa Game 5 ng PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals nitong Miyerkules ng gabi.
Sa kaniyang tweet nitong Huwebes, sinabi ng TNT import na hindi katangap-tanggap ang naging aksyon ng SMB forward.
Giit ni Jones, nararapat lamang na magkaroon ng “swift, significant action” laban kay Santos at hindi dapat pinapahintulutan ng PBA ang kahit anong uri ng racism.
Ayon pa sa dating manlalaro ng Houston Rockets, maging ang kaniyang pamilya nabastos sa ipinakitang monkey gesture ni Santos sa camera.
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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. 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. They’re not only disrespectful to me but to my family and my race. I teach my son to be proud of who he is and to be respectful of all. This wasn’t a case of “mind games” in an athletic competition – it was racism. Period. Swift, significant action needs to be taken by the PBA to send a STRONG, clear message that racism in any form is UNACCEPTABLE will NOT be tolerated. (To read the story, click on the link in my bio⬆️)
I teach my son to be proud of who he is and to be respectful of all. This wasn’t a case of “mind games” in an athletic competition – it was racism.” sambit ni Jones.
Samantala, maaring kinundena ng pamunuan ng TNT ang nasabing insidente.
Pahayag ni TNT team manager Gabby Cui, “racism should never have a place in sports and in life. Even via ‘jokes and mind games.”.