Karim Abdul apologizes for ripping UST Tigers teammates in post-game rant
“They know me. They know that I’m like a Tiger. Sometimes, I get mad and say things that I really don’t mean,” says UST Tigers slotman Karim Abdul. Jaime Campos

KARIM Abdul apologized to his University of Santo Tomas teammates for ripping them publicly after what he said was a "pitiful" loss to Ateneo on Wednesday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

In an interview with the media on Sunday, Abdul expressed his apologies to the Tigers especially to the duo of Jamil Sheriff and Paolo Pe after calling them out for their performance in the season so far.

“I wish that we had won today so that maybe I can be interviewed because I want to apologize to them,"  But I want to publicly apologize to Paolo Pe and Jam Sheriff for mentioning their names, and to their families,” said Abdul.

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The UST big man said he already spoke to Sheriff and Pe privately after he made those comments saying the two 'weren't contributing.'

“They know me. They know that I’m like a Tiger. Sometimes, I get mad and say things that I really don’t mean,” said the Cameroonian slotman.

“After the comments, I went to talk to them personally,” added Abdul. “I told them this is what I really feel and what I really meant. I apologized for saying that word. I’m not excusing myself but last game, I was really angry. I’m really sorry for that.”

The Tigers lost for the second straight time on Sunday as they bowed to reigning champion La Salle, 83-70, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Abdul said he didn't believe his comments affected the way UST played against La Salle. But he nonetheless said sorry for letting the team down after finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists before fouling out.

“I’m just sorry for my team that I wasn’t able to perform as I usually perform. Louie (Vigil) did well, Aljon (Mariano) did well, Paolo Pe tried to step up. My game was really missing. That was what was lacking in today’s game,” said Abdul.

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Despite his comments, Abdul said the UST Tigers remain a 'family.'

“We’ve been together for five years now. We are a family. We are brothers,” said Abdul.

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