Remorseful Pingris ready to face sanctions
MANILA – Gilas Pilipinas player Marc Pingris apologized for his conduct during the melee between players of the San Mig Coffee and GlobalPort on Wednesday.
According to Richard Dy’s Spin.ph report Pingris apologized to the fans, especially his son Michael, who witnessed the brawl on TV.
“Kailangan mo talagang i-control ang emotions mo pero wala, nangyari na eh. Gusto ko lang naman protektahan ang teammates ko. Ang dami kasi nagkakainitan kanina eh di lang nakikita ng mga refs,” said Pingris, who was considered a hero by local basketball fans for aiding Gilas to a second-place finish in the FIBA Asia Championship.
Pingris, son-in-law of comedian Vic Sotto, said he already told his son not to imitate what he saw on TV.
“’Di kasi maganda sa mga batang nanunuod. Nagkakasuntukan. Eh tumawag nga din yung five years old na anak ko,” he said.
Pingris, along with teammate Joe Devence and GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong and Marvin Hayes, were summoned to PBA Commissioner Chito Salud’s office to explain their actions.
He promised to abide whatever sanction Salud may hand out.
“Sa palagay ko karapat-dapat sa akin yun (suspension and fine). Basta kung mali ka tanggapin mo, di `yung papatawarin ka lang bigla nang walang fine. Dun ka matututo kung may pagkakamali. Di lang suspension yan, may fine din yan,” said Pingris.