RODNEY Brondial said he will accept any penalty for his hit on San Miguel guard Chris Ross, but insisted it was just a hard, playoff pick in Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals last Sunday.
Looking like he was about to set a pick for Paul Lee late in the game that the Beermen won, 92-77, the Magnolia reserve hit Ross on the back that left the SMB point guard down in pain.
Commissioner Willie Marcial is expected to penalize Brondial for his action, but delayed the sentencing to give way to the Hotshots big man’s wedding on Tuesday.
“Kung yun naman yung decision nila, kung karapat-dapat bigyan ng fine, ganun talaga,” Brondial told SPIN.ph after practice on Wednesday. “Pero sa akin naman, part of the game yun, kasi unang-una, championship game yun eh. Kumbaga, ano ba ine-expect natin na foul, malambutan?”
“Tsaka kung titingnan mo naman yung replay, hindi naman ako nag-extend ng ano eh….kumbaga blind pick lang yun, hindi lang talaga siya nakatingin,” he added. “Tapos open naman talaga si Paul dun, ‘di ba? Medyo napalakas lang talaga.”
“Pero wala naman intensyong titirahin, kasi marami ka namang pwedeng gawin kung gusto mo talaga anuhin eh. Napalakas lang talaga,” the 6-foot-5 slotman continued.
Brondial believes he has nothing to apologize for to Ross.
“Wala naman (gusto sabihin),” Brondial said. “Alam naman na pare-parehas kaming professional dito, laro lang naman ‘to. Naintindihan din naman yun. Kahit naman sa akin mangyari yun, maintindihan ko rin.”
“Sa labas naman ng court, kumbaga magkakapatid din naman kami, kasi iisang (company) lang nga kami,” he added. “So wala yun, nothing personal.”
But no fine can stop the 27-year-old Adamson product from celebrating after he married Caryl Adriatico on Tuesday.
“Syempre masaya,” Brondial said. “Tapos busy lang rin talaga sa mga practices, pero all in all, masaya naman.”
“Honeymoon, delayed muna,” he added. “Sabi ko na marami namang time pagkatapos nitong mga laro namin, makakapaghintay naman yun. Wala pa akong naiisip. Ang isip kasi namin ngayon, dito muna, so very understanding naman yung (wife) ko. Hindi naman nagde-demand.”