DANIEL Kickert says he regrets his actions that sparked a full-blown brawl in the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers between Australia and Gilas Pilipinas.
Kickert instigated a massive melee when he elbowed Roger Pogoy in the third quarter of Australia’s victory over Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night at the Philippine Arena.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, Kickert said on Wednesday in Brisbane his actions "regrettable".
“It is a regrettable situation. I was put in a position where I obviously made an action which is regrettable, and unfortunate,” Kickert was quoted by Australian media ABC.
"It's not good to put a stain on anything as a good trip for the boys and would have been a good win,” said Kickert.
Kickert admitted his actions escalated the situation that led punches being thrown in the melee that led to 13 players, including him, to be thrown out of the game.
Kickert also said he will accept the decision of Fiba, which is now undergoing its investigation on the matter.
"Obviously I think I've overstepped a little bit with my response to the escalation in the game, and I regret those things, but I'm going to let FIBA do everything they need to do to take the time, go through the process and come to the answers that they see fit and bring down the sanctions that they bring down."