IT was a spur of the moment reaction which Alaska coach Alex Compton regretted, saying he should have handled the incident the right way.
“I was a bad example out there,” admitted Compton after finally cooling off in the aftermath of the near skirmish between him and Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson at the end of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup game Sunday which the Aces lost, 101-93.
“It doesn’t matter what somebody else does. You should have always control of yourself. And I was a poor example out there,” said the American coach.
In a rare show of emotion, the soft-spoken Alaska mentor was caught on national television losing his cool after the game as he engaged the 6-foot-8 Johnson in a heated verbal exchange just as the two teams were making their customary endgame handshake at centercourt of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Before Compton jumped into the fray, Johnson and Alaska forward Calvin Abueva were going at each other, taunting one another during the second half which almost escalated into a fistfight just as the game was coming to an end.
Compton said he tried to pull Abueva out of harm’s way.
“When there was gulo, I tried to pull him out. Talk ‘N Text already won the game and I just tried to avoid everything out,” he added.
So it came as a surprise when suddenly it was Compton who ended up trading barbs with the NBA veteran.
“It was a lightweight versus a heavyweight,” said the Alaska coach as he tried to lighten up the post-game interview.
But what really triggered it?
According to team insiders, Johnson accused Compton of fielding players who were out to deliberately hurt him - the reason the Alaska coach was seen pointing at himself and shouting, 'Me? Ask other players about me.'
Asked about it later, Compton refused to elaborate: “It’s something that he said to me and some things that were absolutely counter of everything I tried to teach since I came here.”