YENG Guiao accused Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson of bumping him intentionally, which caused him to crash into the Rain or Shine bench during the opener of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday night.
“Well, he (Johnson) did it (bump) on purpose," said Guiao shortly after Rain or Shine bowed to Talk 'N Text, 99-92, in Game One. "The video showed he could have easily avoided me because it was on my blind side."
The outspoken Rain or Shine coach, who ended up crashing into team governor Mamerto Mondragon after the collision, said Johnson’s act only proved the 31-year-old American’s “lack of breeding."
“I’m not surprised because that’s been his reputation. It’s probably a lack of breeding and lack of respect and one reason he’s out of the NBA; one reason he’s playing overseas, and not getting a good reputation because of exactly what he does,” he added.
Ironically, Guiao has been fined by the league in the past for collisions with players, most notably with Dondon Hontiveros (then with San Miguel Beer) in 2007 and SMB import Arizona Reid.
He also figured in a spat with former TnT import Richard Howell.
Guiao said he didn’t do anything to draw the ire of Johnson, who was banned from the Korean Basketball League some years back.
“It was uncalled for. I wasn’t berating him or doing anything to upset him or anything, and the other thing, he kept looking at me in the eye and taunting me after he did it,” said Guiao.
Although Johnson was eventually slapped with a technical foul, Guiao said he is leaving the matter to the Commissioner’s Office to decide what possible penalty should be assessed on the former Atlanta Hakws forward.
“I think it’s up to the league to evaluate and assess what needs to be done with that (Johnson’s action). Although (Talk ‘N Text assistant) coach Tab (Baldwin) apologized anyway, he (Johnson) did it on purpose,” said Guiao.