AN apologetic San Mig forward Marc Pingris promised to be more careful to avoid a repeat of the punching incident he had with Meralco center James Sena during the two teams' PBA Governors Cup game on Tuesday.
Pingris said he was warned by PBA commissioner Chito Salud to keep his cool during games after their 15-minute talk at the league’s office in Libis, Quezon City on Thursday.
“Pinakita ni com (Salud) yung replay nga nung nangyari at sinabi rin ni com na next time, mag-iingat na lang daw ako sa emosyon ko. Kasi nagalit ako agad,” Pingris said after emerging from his meeting with Salud.
The San Mig big man insisted though that he had no intention to hurt Sena after retaliating to the Bolts center’s hard pick that hurt his previously injured left rib cage.
“Wala naman talaga akong intensyong saktan si Sena or makipag-away,” added Pingris, who was slapped with a P40,000 fine but escaped suspension.
The San Mig forward, who is also a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, also defended himself from accusations of other PBA fans that he’s a "dirty player."
“Okay lang yung pisikal na depensa, pero huwag lang yung dirty player. Ayaw ko ng ganun,” said the native of Pozzorubio, Pangasinan.
“Hindi naman sa pagtatanggol sa sarili ko, pero nandun ako na pisikal ako para lang dumepensa, pero di ako 'yung tipong titirahin ko para mawala 'yung laro,” added the 32-year-old former PSBA Blue Jaguars standout.
Pingris is still in doubt for Friday's game against Globalport as he is still undergoing treatment on his left rib.
The Mixers forward skipped San Mig’s practice on Thursday to undergo therapy and ultra sound sessions and rated his chances of playing against the Batang Pier at 50-50.
“Siguro fifty-fifty din (if he will play), pero hanggang makakaya ko, maglalaro ako, di dahil sa nangyaring ito, siguro dahil sa iniinda ko,” said Pingris.
“Basta kung ano maitutulong ko sa team hanggang dun na lang muna ako.”