THE sight of a teammate under attack prompted Globalport rookie Kelly Nabong to figure in a fistfight with San Mig veteran Marc Pingris in Wednesday’s heated PBA Governors Cup game between the two teams at the Astrodome.
“That’s loyalty and sacrifice,” said Nabong of his action.
But the Fil-Am made clear he has no intention of hurting Pingris and explained he was just there to come to the aid of a fallen Marvin Hayes following a hard shove from San Mig’s Joe DeVance.
“I’m not gonna sit down with my teammate on the ground. They’re pushing on my teammate,” Nabong said following Globalport’s long post-game meeting with coach Junel Baculi.
“I’m not gonna let somebody keep my teammates down. That’s how I was raised. And I was not there (in the scene) for a fight. But I was there to win,” he added.
“Unfortunately, there was an altercation, and we’re just two teams trying to win.”
Nabong is expected to appear before league commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday, where stiff fines and possible suspension are expected to be meted.