ATENEO assistant coach Gabby Severino in his Facebook account apologized for his “unacceptable behavior” after a video and photo circulated online that showed him flashing a dirty finger in Game One of the UAAP Season 79 basketball finals between the Blue Eagles and the La Salle Green Archers.
The photo and video show a member of the Ateneo coaching staff flashing a dirty finger at someone in the general direction of the La Salle bench, an act that prompted former Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste to confront the coach from behind the bench.
Severino admitted he was the one in the video caught making the “inappropriate gesture” and apologized for the act.
“I understand there is video circulating online that shows me making an inappropriate gesture during the game vs DLSU last Saturday. The gesture was made in an emotional moment at the height of a heated exchange between our coaching staff and their management staff which should not have occurred in the first place," he said.
“That said, it is unacceptable behavior and I apologize to my family, my friends, and both school communities. It will not happen again,” Severino added.
[See Commotion behind Ateneo bench involving Mark Leviste mars Game One]
Severino eventually became the subject of the ire of former Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste, who walked over to the Ateneo bench to confront a member of the coaching staff.
Leviste said he went over to the stands because Severino was flashing a dirty finger at Ben Mbala.
“Ayaw tumigil nun eh, ayun oh, 'yung kupal.He was showing a dirty finger to Ben (Mbala) and I told him to stop eh ayaw niya tumigil kaya hinamon ko na siya,” said Leviste.