RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao hit out at Ivan Johnson anew, calling the Talk ‘N Text import “mentally unstable” following his antics in Game Six of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday.
The outspoken mentor cited numerous instances where the former NBA player displayed belligerent behavior, especially when he appeared to intentionally hit the face of Paul Lee, instead of going for the ball and block, as the Painters star was going for a jumper late in the fourth quarter.
“What do you need to do to get a flagrant call? Sino ba naman maniniwala na bola habol niya?” Guiao asked after Rain or Shine's 101-93 win. “He was two arm’s length of the ball and he knew he would get Paul’s face.
“And then he kept bumping us again and he wasn’t even called for a technical,” he continued. “Hinabol niya si Chris (Tiu) after Chris tried to steal the ball. Why wasn’t he warned? And he was in a fighting stance.”
Then Guiao dropped the bomb.
“I think he’s mentally unstable," he said before adding, "but that should help us.”
Asked by a veteran scribe if he thinks Johnson is getting protection from the referees, Guiao replied: “What else do you call that? Hindi yun ang term ko, pero sinabi mo na rin.”
“He’s been a menace,” Guiao added of Johnson. “Yung siko ba niya kay Paul (in Game Two), meron bang naniniwala na hindi intentional ‘yun? Wala naman eh.”