Norman Black clears Guiao of racist slur, says words may have been misunderstood
Norman Black and Yeng Guiao in a verbal spat during Sunday's game. Jerome Ascano

MERALCO coach Norman Black said he never meant to accuse Rain or Shine's Yeng Guiao of making racist comments in the aftermath of their heated exchange during a PBA Governors Cup game on Sunday, saying his play on words may have been misunderstood.

Speaking to reporters after Meralco's loss to Rain or Shine, Black touched on the verbal sparring the two coaches had during a commotion at mid-court after a highly physical play infront of the Bolts bench involving Painters guard Chris Tiu and Kelly Nabong.

“The sad part is that (he’s) calling the frying pan black, (because) we both have the same color,” said Black.

However, Black later told what he wanted to drive at was he found it ironic that Rain or Shine, being one of the most physical teams in the league, was complaining about the supposed physical play of Meralco.

"Yeng and I had heated words, but Yeng never said anything remotely racist to me," said the multi-titled coach. "My conversation with Yeng was strictly about the game and the play involving Chris Tiu and Kelly Nabong.

"What I said was that Yeng's complaints about Meralco playing physical was like the pot calling the frying pan black because playing physical is how Rain or Shine plays every game," he added.

"It's unfair to Yeng to be projected that way."

Black said he also isn't taking the argument personally, pointing out that he shook hands with Guiao at the end of the game.

"I'm a professional," he said. "Once the game is over, it's over."

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