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    Defiant Arwind vows to do 'Spiderman dunk' despite risk of penalty

    Jan 18, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAYING he's not in favor of a PBA ruling, a defiant Arwind Santos vowed to continue performing his signature 'Spiderman dunk' despite the risk of a penalty.

    The PBA issued a memo barring players from hanging on to the rim after a dunk and placing both feet on the backboard, essentially outlawing the dunk that became the San Miguel star's trademark in his career.

    The league said an unsportsmanlike technical foul will be slapped on any player who performs such dunk from hereon.

    Santos lashed out at the ruling on Friday.

    “Ako hindi ako sang-ayon,” Santos told reporters. “Sabi nga nila Alex (Cabagnot), ng mga teammates ko na sumusuporta rin, mag-iisponsor nga sila kung may fine. Na-touch naman ako doon. Pero ang akin, kumbaga trademark lang ba. Wala namang masama sa ginagawa ko.”

    The former league MVP vowed to continue performing the dunk for his fans, even if it could lead to sanctions from the league.

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    Santos said league officials have bigger concerns to address other than his trademark dunk.

    “Maraming mas puwede pagtuunan natin ng pansin na ipagbawal, huwag naman ‘yung Spiderman dunk. Minsan may mga bata na gustong-gusto makita ‘yun lalo na ‘yung mga fans ko. Kapag may chance, gagawin ko pa rin.

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    "Alam ko may fine. Hindi ko naman sinusuway. Pero para sa fans ko, kapag may pagkakataon, gagawin ko pa rin,” said Santos.

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      Commissioner Willie Marcial explained on Thursday the league was compelled to issue the ruling since the dunk poses a danger to youngsters who perform the stunt in substandard courts that may not be able to support their weight.

      Santos, though, would hear none of it, saying accidents happen no matter how careful a person is.

      “Kung sinasabi nila baka madisgrasya, ako kasi naniniwala ako na kapag madidisgrasya ka, madidisgrasya ka. Kung sino man hindi naniniwala diyan, wala akong pakialam sa kanila. Ako naniniwala na kung madidisgrasya ka, madidisgrasya ka kahit anong ingat mo.

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      “Meron nga diyan natutulog lang, nasa loob ng bahay, nabagsakan ng eroplano. Nag-iingat o hindi? Anong tawag doon? Aksidente. Kung maaksidente ka, maaksidente ka. Hindi ka makakaiwas.

      "Kung sakaling babagsak ako sa Spiderman dunk, wala akong ibang sisisihin. Baka naka-ngiti pa akong bumagsak eh, sa totoo lang, kapag nangyari ‘yun,” he added.

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      At the end of the day, it is still the call of youngsters to emulate his signature dunk, the former Far Eastern University star said.

      “Anong masama doon? Kung bumagsak sila, aksidente ‘yun. Ibig sabihin, mahina ‘yung ring. Eh gusto nilang gawin eh. Pero lahat naman ng gumagawa nun, hindi naman gustong bumagsak.

      "Pero ako, para sa mga fans ko at trademark ko ‘yun habang naglalaro ako, isa ‘yun sa mga maalala sa akin ng mga supporters ko, ‘yung Spiderman dunk."

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