JAYSON Castro was apologetic for his role in the brawl that marred Gilas Pilipinas' game against Australia during the FIBA World Cup qualifier Monday.
Castro appealed for understanding and stressed it wasn’t the team’s intention to engage the Boomers in a fistfight that erupted at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter and the visitors ahead by a mile, 89-53.
He said the Filipinos should have not let their emotions get the better of them.
At the same time, Castro said he’s not the type of person who adheres to violence inside the court.
“Hindi ako ganung klase ng tao,” said Castro, who was among the first to throw a punch on big man Daniel Kickert during the early part of the melee, in a message he posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
“Hindi tayo ganun bilang Pilipino. Dapat mas na control ko yung emotions ko dahil buong bansa yung dala naming pag naglalaro kami para sa Gilas.”
Castro was among the nine Gilas players ejected during the game, which the Aussies won by default.
The 32-year-old native of Bacolor, Pampanga added he wants to be a good example to the youth and to his children.
“Gusto kong maging mabuting halimbawa sa mga bata, lalong-lalo na sa mga anak ko, at sisikapin kong hindi na maulit pa ang nangyari,” said Castro.
“Sana pagkatapos ng lahat ng ito, in time, bumalik sa pagiging inspirasyon sa LAHAT ng Pilipino ang Gilas dahil yun naman talaga ang dahilan kung bakit kami lumalaban.”
The two-time best point guard of Asia again extended his apology to Australia and its supporters as well as to the Filipinos in general.
“Hindi namin ginusto ang nangyari. Hindi kami pumunta sa laro para maghanap ng away. Sa kagustuhan naming ipagtanggol yung kakampi namin, lalong lumaki yung gulo,”he said.
“Dapat naiwasan ang mga pangyayari at humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa lahat ng nakapanood at nadismaya,” Castro added. “ Humihingi rin ako ng paumanhin sa lahat ng nakapanood at nadismaya.”