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    Ahead of community service, Arwind eager to move on from racial slur controversy

    Aug 17, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    ARWIND Santos said the controversy he was involved in recently with Terrence Jones will definitely be a life lesson for him as he moves on from the incident.

    Santos said he learned his lesson after he did a monkey gesture against Jones in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals. Santos was fined P200,000 and is being required by the PBA to render 100 hours of community service.

    Santos said he is happy that aside from winning the championship, he can move on from that chapter of his life.

    “Masayang masaya ako hindi lang sa championship. ‘Yung peace of mind na bago maglaro kanina, alam naman natin ‘yung issue, ‘yung isang lesson na natutunan ko na talagang hindi ko makakalimutan.

    “At the same time, parang inaccept ko siya na parang lesson sa akin ni Lord ‘yun,” Santos said.

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      Santos approached Jones during warmups in Game Six to once again issue an apology. Although he was stoic when Santos went to him to say sorry, Jones said he accepted the apology, and didn’t react as much since it was already nearing game time.

      “Naniniwala naman ako na lahat ng tao sa mundo, may puso ‘yun. Ako, willing naman ako bumaba o mas mababa pa para mag-sorry lang. Aminado naman ako na mali din ako,” Santos said.

      Santos said he is grateful to friends who stood by him during the tough time.

      “Minsan, kapag sobrang mataas ka, kailangan bumaba ka para magsimula muli para harapin ‘yung mga ganyang sitwasyon na wag mo kalimutan na lagi Siyang nandiyan.

      “Ang matindi doon, ‘yung mga nagmamahal sayo, sumusuporta sayo, nakita ko sa mga ganung sitwasyon. Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa nagmamalasakit sa akin at nagtatanggol sa akin. Marami akong natutunan sa taon na ‘to na babaunin ko hanggang sa pagtanda ko,” said Santos.

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