RUGGED Petron guard Ronald Tubid escaped suspension but he will be slapped with an undisclosed fine following his highly publicized "cheap shot" on Talk 'N Text star Jayson Castro.
The 32-year old Oton, Iloilo native apeared before PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Friday morning to hear his side on the blow to Castro's midsection that marred Petron's 122-88 win over the Texters on Wednesday.
[See video of the incident posted on YouTube here.]
“Kinausap ako ni Kume. Tapos pinag-explain. Sinabi ko lang na hindi ko talaga sadya, na kaya nasaktan si Jason eh dahil medyo hindi maganda tama,” said Tubid.
[For full story and podcast of Tubid's apology to Castro, click here]
“Talaga namang wala akong intention saktan si Jayson. Dala lang siguro ng laro. Lamang kami nun ng 40 points, ano pa ang use na saktan ko siya?” added the former UE Red Warrior.
Tubid even shared to Salud how he tried to reach out to Castro to apologize, which the cat-quick Talk 'N Text guard later accepted. [For full story, see Castro still feels bad over 'cheap shot,' but accepts Tubid apology]
Salud later gave bruiser Tubid a piece of his mind.
“Ronald, ito lang sasabihin ko sa iyo at lagi kong sinasabi: ‘Walang puwang sa PBA ang pananakit!’ May limitasyon ang pagiging pisikal, at iyan ang tuluyan naming binabantayan,” Salud told Tubid.
“Magaling ka, Ronald. So dun mo i-channel ang energy mo kung paano mo pa mas lalong ilalabas yun,” the PBA chieftain added.
Tubid’s summon came exactly a week after Salud suspended Marc Pingris, Joe Devance and Kelly Nabong for their involvement in the fracas that rocked the San Mig Coffee-Globalport game last September 4.