RONALD Tubid appreciated the gesture of Paolo Felizarta for publicly asking the PBA to wave off the fines meted on him and three other personalities in the aftermath of the ‘Spiderman incident’ that marred the recent Philippine Cup finals between San Miguel and Magnolia.
At the end of the day, a rule is a rule, according to Tubid.
“Hindi rin naman kasi puwede yun, nire-respeto natin ang PBA. Kasi guidelines, yun, rule is a rule,” said Tubid Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when he watched his son play in the finals of the Batang PBA (12-13 years old).
“Overboard naman kami doon kaya dapat kaming parusahan. Kailangan yun, consequence (ng actions naming, kaya dapat ready kami.”
Tubid was fined P75,000 and suspended for three games for punching Felizarta while being led out by security escorts at the hallway of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Felizarta caused a commotion in the fourth quarter of Game 5 when he ran to the playing court in a Spiderman costume and bumped off hard San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo.
Teammate Kelly Nabong meanwhile, was also fined with the same amount and suspended for the same number of games for hitting Felizarta’s companion who helped him put on his Spiderman costume.
Shortly after the league announced the fines on the two players – as well as on two other San Miguel officials – Felizarta came out with an appeal on his vlog asking league Commissioner Willie Marcial to repeal the sanctions handed out on both Tubid and Nabong.
Tubid remained apologetic both to the PBA and Felizarta.
“As a professional humihingi ako ng sorry again kay Spiderman, kay Commissioner Willie (Marcial), sa PBA at sa lahat ng basketball fans,” said the veteran wingman.
“Wala naman akong problema doon (fines and suspension). Kasalanan ko naman talaga. Mali talaga ako doon.”
He had one major appeal though.
“Mabait naman yung PBA Commissioner’s Office. Siguro bawasan na lang nila kahit kaunti,” said a smiling Tubid.