YES, even a guy as tough as Arvie Bringas knows how to say sorry.
Far Eastern University coach Bert Flores said Bringas, the team’s top enforcer, has already apologized to the team for his actions in Wednesday’s bruising encounter with defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Flores said Bringas extended his apology to the players and coaching staff during a team meeting on Friday, two days after spitting on the face of Ateneo center Justin Chua in the fourth quarter of the Tamaraws' 64-77 loss to the Eagles.
“Nag-sorry siya sa team, siya mismo ang nagsalita,” recounted Flores to Spin.ph. “Hindi raw niya napigilan ang emotions niya.”
The FEU coach also said the school is not condoning Brigas’ actions.
“Kailangan talaga siyang disiplinahin. Masama sa FEU ’yung nangyari. Kahit kailan, hindi namin ginawa ’yun noong player kami. Okey lang ’yung pisikalan, pero ’yung ginawa niya hindi maganda sa team,” Flores said.
Bringas has been slapped with an automatic one-game suspension by the UAAP following his action. He was also penalized with another one-game ban by the school.
Aside from the suspension imposed by FEU, Flores said Bringas is also not allowed to participate in team practices.
“Nasa ensayo siya pero nakaupo lang siya,” Flores said.
Owing to his suspensions, Bringas will miss Sunday's game against National University as well as FEU’s tiff with University of the East on September 8.