GLOBALPORT import Malcom White insisted a hit against Phoenix cager Matthew Wright on Wednesday was nothing more than a hard foul.
Wright cried foul after receiving a hit to the head from the hulking import in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup match against the Batang Pier. Wright was later slapped with a technical foul for retaliating.
Wright had something to say about White’s antics after the game, saying the league should take a closer look at his fouls which Phoenix coach Louie Alas later described as 'dirty.'
The Globalport import, however, shrugged off the incident, saying he was not out there to intentionally hurt anyone.
“I mean, it’s basketball,” said White in an interview with reporters. “We gonna bump. We gonna hit. This is not women’s professional basketball. That’s all I got to say about the hit.”
“It’s a hard foul,” said White.
White declined to speak any further about the incident with Wright.
“What happens on the court, I just wanna leave it on the court, you know. I don’t want to explain and talk about me fouling him. It was just a hard foul. That’s all it was, a hard foul. I don’t want to comment,” White said.
The Globalport import was also the center of controversy in a previous game against Rain or Shine when a hit on Chris Tiu had the Elasto Painters guard needing stiches to close a wound in the mouth.
White, who finished with 24 points and six rebounds, however, hopes the referees will just let them play.
“I don’t want to say anything till I talk to the referee or the league or anything. But I just think sometimes, they should just let us play.
“It’s one-sided. There’s too many ticky tack fouls that’s been called. That’s just all I have to say. They say the league is going to be physical. I don’t see that at all. It’s just what it was last year when I was here as far as us being able to play physical,” said White.