GLOBALPORT import Justin Williams never got to finish his PBA debut after being ejected from the match against Petron Blaze on Friday for an elbow to rookie June Mar Fajardo's face, but he insists he's not a dirty player.
The athletic 6-9 import insisted he was merely trying to clear some space after grabbing the rebound early in the third period and the hit on Fajardo was merely "incidental" contact.
Still, Williams was slapped a flagrant foul 2 that led to his automatic ejection, putting a premature end to an otherwise impressive debut for the Batang Pier.
“Does it look like a flagrant foul two? It’s incidental," Williams told Spin.ph inside Globalpot's dugout at the Big Dome. "I’m not a dirty player and I have no intention of hurting anybody.”
The Batang Pier were mounting a rally early in the third period after closing in at 48-51 behind three straight free throws by Gary David when the incident happened.
“That’s crazy,” said Williams, referring to the call. “They were smacking into me so I just had to clear some space.”
Williams left the game after scoring 18 points on eight-of-12 field goal shooting, to go with 15 rebounds and three blocks.