Remorseful Eric Camson braces for the worst as he reaches out to Almazan
"Ire-respect ko yung decision niya (Willie Marcial) and siyempre hihingi ako ng dispensa,” says Eric Camson. “Alam ko na nakalampas (din) ako, kasi nag-close fist ako.” Marlo Cueto

ERIC Camson appears to have accepted his fate.

The bruising KIA big man is prepared for whatever sanctions will be handed to him by the PBA - be it a fine, a suspension, or both, for a scuffle with Rain or Shine’s Raymund Almazan that marred the PBA Philippine Cup game between the two teams on Saturday.

Both Camson and Almazan are set to be summoned by league officer in charge Willie Marcial anytime this week at the PBA office in Libis.

But even before a verdict could be handed down, the fifth-year power forward is ready for the inevitable.

“Ok naman sa akin. Ire-respect ko yung decision niya (Marcial) and siyempre hihingi ako ng dispensa,” said Camson. “Alam ko na nakalampas (din) ako, kasi nag-close fist ako.”

What was supposed to be just a battle for the rebound turned into a slugfest midway through the second period after Camson rammed into a waiting Almazan and threw a sharp elbow. The Rain or Shine center retaliated by likewise elbowing Camson before all hell broke loose.

Both players were caught throwing punches during the TV replays, earning flagrant foul 2 for outright ejections.

The verbal tussle extended all the way to the hallway leading to the dugout, with Almazan heard challenging Camson to a fistfight, shouting, “Ano, dito na lang tayo magsuntukan.”

Under league rules, F2 calls are meted outright fines worth P20,000.

“Matic yun,” said Marcial. “Ang pag-uusapan na lang diyan kung madadagdagan yung fines at kung may suspension. Yung ang titingnan namin sa tape.”

But even Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia is aware of what is forthcoming for his prized big man.

“With the case of Raymund, I think he’ll be suspended upon review,” he said. “Kasi nakita ko rin naman na sumuntok siya. Not unless bago na ang rules na hindi natin alam. So we’ll never know.”


Garcia disclosed the 6-foot-7 Almazan was quick to apologize to the team and management during halftime of the game, which the Elasto Painters lost, 98-94.

Camson is ready to do the same to both Almazan and the league in general.

“Willing naman akong humingi ng pasensya or sorry kay Raymund, kay Commissioner, at sa liga,” said the former Adamson stalwart. 

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