GILAS Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes remained firm in his stand that he didn’t order his players to hurt rivals from Australia during their Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifier last July 2 at the Philippine Arena.
Reyes took to Twitter to react to the verdict made by Fiba suspending him for one game of the Asian qualifiers and hitting him with a fine amounting to 10,000 Swiss franc or roughly P530,000 for ‘inciting unsportsmanlike behavior.’
Reyes reiterated he never once gave instructions to his players to hurt opponents in close to three decades of coaching, and more so during that controversial game.
“The SBP has released its statement on the Fiba decision, and I stand with our national federation in respecting Fiba’s findings. I have never given instructions to hurt nor incite unsportsmanlike behavior, and in my 20 years as head coach in the PBA and seven years at the helm of Gilas, I never been involved in such incident."
Reyes apologized once again to Filipino basketball fans for the incident that led to 10 Gilas players being suspended from one to six games. Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico, meantime, was suspended for three games.
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