SAN Miguel Beer slotman June Mar Fajardo was left distraught by the bad fall that sidelined Josh Davis in their PBA Commissioner's Cup game in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday night, insisting there was no intention on his part to hurt the Meralco import.
Davis, who has led Meralco to five successive wins to start the conference, left the match for good with over seven minutes left in the second quarter when he lost his balance and landed on his back after biting into a fake by Fajardo.
The tireless import stayed on the floor for almost 15 minutes while he was attended to by medics before being wheeled to the Meralco dugout in a stretcher. He never returned.
Fajardo said he, too, was shocked by the turn of events, adding he didn't expect that a seemingly simple play can go horribly wrong during the out-of-town match at the Xavier University Gym.
"Di ko ine-expect na ganoon ang mangyayari," said the reigning league MVP. "Gusto kong lumapit sa kanya, gusto ko s'yang tulungan nung nakita ko s'ya. Di ko alam ang gagawin ko, nagulat kasi ako."
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay said he meant no harm to Davis and had in fact apologized to the Meralco coaching staff, shortly after the incident.
"Di ko naman gawain 'yung manakit. Nag-sign of the cross ako kasi as a player, ayaw namin makit na m,ay mangyari sa kapwa player namin na ganun kasi di lang kami maapektuhan, pati pamilya namin.
"Di ko talaga sadya. Nag-sorry ako sa coaching staff at players ng Meralco, okay naman sa kanila."