NLEX coach Yeng Guiao denied that he hurled a racist remark at Chris Ross that sparked a war of words between the two in NLEX’s 109-98 loss to San Miguel Beer in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Friday night.
SMB coach Leo Austria claimed that the Filipino-American Ross' outburst was triggered by Guiao allegedly blurting out the “N” word, leading to a verbal confrontation in the endgame.
But Guiao insisted he didn’t mention that specific racist remark.
“Hindi ko tinawag na N-word,” Guiao stressed after emerging from the dugout after another long meeting with his staff. “Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi.”
Guiao did admit talking trash and firing back at the SMB star guard’s own version of trash talk.
“Nandoon siya (Ross) sa tapat namin. Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto na lang,” the fiery coach said. “Lumayo ka na lang, tutal mananalo naman na kayo.”
“I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about. Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya,” he added. “Pero wala iyon. Eh ako lang kasi ang nandoon, ako lang ang nakatayo doon.”
Guiao also admitted flashing the dirty finger.
“Oo, kasama na rin yun,” Guiao admitted. “Pero ano naman eh. It’s part of siguro psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes he also knows what he’s capable of.”
Whoever won the psychological match hardly mattered as the Beermen won the game, with Guiao feeling they lost their best chance at beating SMB before top pick Christian Standhardinger arrives next conference.
“Oo. Sinasabi ko na nga eh, ‘di ba?” Guiao said. “Ang feeling ko, baka may disgrasya na. for three-and-a-half quarters, we were in the game. We wanted to bring it all the way to the endgame and try our luck playing san Miguel in the endgame. Whether you win or lose in that situation, you’re going to learn something playing them in the end game.
“They’re just a mature team, its’ really hard to beat them down the stretch,” he added.