It has been a little over a day since the infamous brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Boomers occurred, but the entire world is still shook, needless to say.
With the ongoing debate on who started who and what country has less “class”, the men in white and blue took it upon themselves to apologize on how the night turned out to be.
During the team dinner yesterday, Roger Pogoy, the recepient of the 6’9 Daniel Kickert’s elbow, expressed his deepest apologies for what went down last Monday night.
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“Unang-una, hihingi kami ng sorry sa lahat ng fans ng Gilas, saka fans din ng Australia na may nangyari kagabi na ‘di inaasahan. Move on na tayo. Tao lang din tayo, napuno din ako.”
Other players such as Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Jason Castro, Andray Blatche, and assistant coach Jong Uychingco also issued their own statements through their respective social media accounts.
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Before the game
The Aussies were filmed removing the floor stickers in the Arena, the night prior to the game.
Furthermore, according to team, the visitors — especially Kickert and Chris Goulding — were taunting and shoving the Gilas players as early as the warm-ups.
Such tension build up until the midway of the third frame. Punches, kicks, chairs, water bottles, and coins were unfortunately thrown.
Meanwhile, the Australia National team has issued an official statement regarding the matter.
“Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila. We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it.
“This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball. We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down.”
Both teams are still waiting for sanctions from FIBA. If the World Cup schedule proceeds as follows, the Philippine National team will next face Iran in September.
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