WITH PBA commissioner Chito Salud poised to hand down his verdict on two scuffles that marred a pair of tune-up games on Tuesday, Alaska import Bill Walker said he hopes no one will be suspended because of it.
Walker was involved in a tussle with Danny Ildefonso and Gary David late the Aces’ tune-up game against the Meralco Bolts on Tuesday. All three appeared before Salud on Thursday.
“The meeting was good, it was constructive, we had a lot of things out the way. We hope to go on from here and hope nobody gets any suspension,” said the former NBA back-up forward.
“It was nothing too serious that can’t be resolved,” he added.
Walker said he will abide by whatever decision Salud comes up with, but explained that the incident only happened "because of the heat of the moment."
“Whatever he (Salud) decides, we’ll gonna have to accept, but I am just hoping we can brush this off and allow everybody to just continue playing,” he said.
“I don’t think anybody should get suspended for this. This is an incident that happened because of the heat of the moment. Hopefully we can get past this,” added the former New York Knick, who once figured in a scuffle with Kevin Garnett in the NBA.
Walker admits he doesn't shy away from physicality, but David maintained the import's play sometimes borders on the rough and dirty.
“Nananakit din talaga siya, kaso ako binibira niya. Hindi siya depensa eh, may halong pananakit,” said David. “Yung kay Danny I nga, kakapasok lang 'nun, binigyan niya agad sa sikmura, kaya lumala yung sitwasyon.”
David claimed Walker also earned the ire of some players Barako Bull during another tune-up match last Monday. Energy players later confirmed Walker had a run-in with Mick Pennisi.
“Si Willie (Miller) nga nag-kwento sa akin, na pati raw sila muntik ring nakabangga nung Walker,” said David. “Sana mag-ingat siya kasi marami siyang makaka-away sa PBA.”
“Nah, (that’s not true). I don’t know where that’s coming from. Everybody plays hard in this league and it is good for the league,” he said while claiming he is a "good guy."
Meantime, Alaska's Gabby Espinas insisted the Aces import is aggressive but not dirty.
"Sinabihan nga ako ni commissioner kanina na bantayan ko nga daw ito (Walker). Kasi marami raw s'ya nadidinig," said the Alaska forward. "Pero mabait naman ito. Masyado lang siguro aggressive kaya nami-misinterpret, parang si Calvin (Abueva)."
Walker denied such an incident happened.