Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl

first_imgUnfortunate series of events that took place tonight. Heat of the battle and emotions won out, but in the end we strive to show the best of who WE are.— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) July 2, 2018Out of 12 Gilas players, only team captain Gabe Norwood, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Baser Amer had the presence of mind to stay calm amid the ruckus.READ: Brawl breaks out in Gilas-Australia game“Unfortunate series of events that took place tonight. Heat of the battle and emotions won out, but in the end we strive to show the best of who WE are,” Norwood wrote on Twitter.Gilas’ naturalized center Andray Blatche and national team star guard Jayson Castro were the latest to apologize for the incident.“I wanna apologize to my teammates and the Australia team for my wrongdoings. I have a son and that’s not what I want him to follow behind,” Blatche posted on his Instagram account.Blatche earlier went after former Gilas captain Jimmy Alapag, who was one of the players who tweeted that the incident was “embarrassing,” but seemed to have eventually calmed down.READ: Gilas runs out of players, loses to Australia in ugly, bizarre game Aguilar also said that had he and the rest of Gilas’ kept their emotions in check, the situation could’ve been controlled.— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) July 3, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tempers flared and emotions got the better of Gilas Pilipinas during a distasteful fight with Australia in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers before a hometown crowd at Philippine Arena Monday night.Forward Japeth Aguilar, who was among the nine Filipino players ejected after the brawl, said the way he and his teammates reacted was “regrettable.”ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gilas assistant Uichico regrets actions in Gilas brawl “The incident last night could have been dealt differently but emotions were running high. In the heat of the moment, we just wanted to protect our brother,” Aguilar wrote on Twitter.READ: Reyes says Australia’s Kickert ‘triggered the brawl’ after hit on Pogoy “I admit that we acted on emotion rather than logic and this is regrettable because the situation could’ve been pacified and could’ve ended differently.”Aguilar said being part of the national team means having a responsibility to represent the country and the people the best way possible.“As national team athletes, we are representing more than just ourselves as we wear our uniforms. How we acted last night is not a just representation of the Filipino people.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img The usually mild-mannered Castro, who was caught throwing a solid punch against one of the Australian players, meanwhile, recognized that their desire to defend their teammates just made things worse. LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “I’m not that kind of person. Filipinos are not that kind of people. I should’ve controlled my emotions because we carry the name of the country when we’re playing for Gilas,” said Castro in Filipino on an Instagram post.READ: Aussies ‘feared for safety’ after brawl vs GilasCastro said he aspires to be good to example to kids, especially his own, and vowed not to get involved again in that kind of incident.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has also issued an apology for “having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img

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