PETRON Blaze guard Ronald Tubid did not wait for his 11 a.m. meeting on Friday with PBA Commissioner Chito Salud to say sorry to the player he claimed he "hurt unintentionally."
Tubid has been summoned by Salud after he was called for a technical foul for what looked like a punch to the groin of Jason Castro late in the Texters' 88-122 loss to Talk 'N Text on Wednesday night.
[See video of the incident posted on YouTube here.]
Castro crumpled to the floor after the hit, but Tubid insisted he was going for the ball and the hit was unintentional.
“Gusto ko lang sabihin kay Jason na hindi ko sadya 'yun. Talagang bola ang hinahabol 'nun. Wala akong intensyon na saktan siya gaya ng sinasabi ng iba,” said the apologetic Tubid.
“Alam ng mga tao na idol ko si Jason. Siya nga ang favorite ko sa Gilas nung Fiba-Asia tapos sasaktan ko siya?” reiterated the Oton, Iloilo native.
“Saka lamang kami ng 40 points 'nun. Nonsense na manakit ako at ma-fine. Sayang 'yung fine ko tapos mapapatawag pa ni Kume (commissioner),” Tubid added.
Tubid also pleaded with fans not to judge him.
“Laro lang 'yun. Basketball may contact talaga. Pero hindi ko intensyon na saktan si Jason. Siguro namali lang ng collision kami,” Tubid added. “Siguro nadiinan ko lang siya.”
Tubid revealed he tried to approach Castro after the game to personally apologize.
“Gusto ko talaga mag-sorry sa kanya kagabi. Hinanap ko siya. Tinanong ko nga siya kay (Texters) manager Aboy (Castro). Kaso nakaalis na siya,” the 32-year old off guard said.
Through Spin.ph, he hopes his apology will reach Castro. [Listen to Tubid's apology in this podcast]
Meanwhile, Ali Peek and Doug Kramer, who also figured in a shoving match, have also been issued reprimands but no longer need to appear before Salud since their offense was deemed waivable.