POY Erram and Paul Varilla apologized for their actions that led to a one-game suspension which will also force them to miss Wednesday's knockout quarterfinal match against NorthPort.
In a post on social media, Erram apologized to NorthPort led by import Michael Qualls and head coach Pido Jarencio, to NLEX, and the PBA.
"Paulit ulit kong pinagiisipan ang nangyari sa last game namin. Nagsisisi ako sa ginawa ko," wrote Erram on Twitter.
"I sincerely apologize. I am learning, and I commit myself to becoming a better athlete and person," wrote Varilla.
Erram and Varilla were suspended for their role in the fight that broke out during the quarterfinal match last Monday. Videos showed Varilla and Erram retaliated after Qualls stepped on Varilla while going for the lay-up.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial summoned the two on Tuesday before handing the suspension.
Erram explained his action, saying he was defending his teammate. However, the NLEX big man said it is not an excuse to retaliate.
“To Michael Qualls, I’m sorry for hurting you in our last game. I also want to apologize to coach Pido for my behavior. My first instinct was to defend my teammate and I let my emotions get the better of me. My temper is not an excuse,” Erram said.
“Humihingi din ako ng paumanhin sa teammates, coaches at management ng NLEX, pati rin sa PBA at sa lahat ng fans. Bilang atleta at tatay, responsibilidad kong maging good example sa iba. I am truly sorry.”
“This is on me. I promise you this will be the last of my unnecessary actions and I’ll do my best to earn back your trust,” said Erram.
For his part, Varilla also took responsibility for his action, saying he reacted without thinking about the consequence.
“Basketball is more than the score. It’s a game that we are supposed to honor. I take responsibility for my actions in our last game against NorthPort. As a rookie, this is the first time that I have been in a situation like that. I reacted out of pain and hurt and did not take time to think of who my actions could hurt others,” Varilla said.
“To Michael Qualls, Christian Standhardinger, the NLEX organization, the PBA, and all our fans who I disappointed with my behavior, I sincerely apologize,” said Varilla.