RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao saw no reason to downgrade the lifetime ban on Tropang TNT import Ivan Johnson after his 'insincere apology' on Tuesday.
Johnson’s ban was reduced to a season-long suspension and his P250,000 fine cut to P150,000 after personally apologizing to commissioner Chito Narvasa on Tuesday.
Guiao believes the ban should’ve stayed, citing Johnson’s handful of altercations since last year.
“I think he deserved a lifetime ban, but we will respect what the commissioner decided on,” the outspoken mentor said.
“What else can that say about his character?” he added. “Ano bang paniniwalaan natin: yung lahat nung nangyari na yun o yung isang apology niya na hindi naman siya ang gumawa siguro. Baka merong ibang nagsulat para sa kanya.”
“Actions speak louder than words,” Guiao continued, pointing out that Johnson picks on Filipinos rather than fellow imports.
“One thing I’d like to emphasize is bisita natin siya, in-entertain natin siya dito, pero ang sinasaktan niya mga Pinoy na binu-bully niya,” he said.
“Why should we welcome him in this country? He added. “He’s not welcome in Korea; he’s not welcome in the NBA. And then, after what he’s done to us, we still welcome him?”
“Paniniwalaan natin yung apology niya, eh ang daling gumawa ng apology,” he added. “Pero yung damage na ginawa niya – hindi pa nga siya nag-sorry kay Paul (Lee) eh.”
Guiao was referring to the incident in the last Commissioner’s Cup Finals where Painters star Paul Lee broke a tooth and damaged two more teeth after a collision with Johnson.
“I think he should’ve been banned last year already with what he did to Paul and what he’s been doing even before that,” he said.