CHRIS Newsome insisted he meant no disrespect after being confronted by NLEX coach Yeng Guiao for a garbage-time basket at the end of Meralco’s 106-90 win in the PBA Comissioner’s Cup on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With the game already decided, Newsome scored on a jumper with two seconds left that didn’t sit well with the fiery Guiao, who shouted a few choice words in the Meralco guard's direction.
The fiery head coach then waited for Newsome in the coliseum tunnel before getting in the former Ateneo player’s face again before Meralco assistant Ronnie Magsanoc and several bouncers stepped in.
But for Newsome, he was just ‘following orders.’
“I don’t really know what happened. I’m just playing basketball and I’m just following orders from my head coach. That’s all I can say about that one,” said Newsome.
Newsome, who finished with a game-best 30 points to go along with seven boards, said he wasn’t really surprised with how Guiao reacted, saying that he doesn’t really take it as a big deal.
“Not necessarily surprised. I know he does that a lot and he does it pretty often,” Newsome said.
“I’ve seen him getting confrontations with a couple other players and honestly for me, the best thing is just not react to it and move on,” he added.
He’s leaving it to coach Norman Black and the PBA higher-ups to sort up this mess, saying the quotient system being in play leaves players and teams no option but to take those late-game baskets.
“If he has a problem, I guess he could take it up to the head coach, coach Norman. He can take it up to the commissioner. As far as I know, it’s the quotient rule and like I said, I’m just following orders.”