Jamie Malonzo apologizes for viral brawl with alleged MMA fighter

Hours before Gilas Pilipinas’ homestand against Chinese-Taipei, a video surfaced on social media capturing national team forward Jamie Malonzo involved in a scuffle at a Bonifacio Global City fast food chain.

The 6-foot-5 winger had excused himself from the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers game due to gastric pain, according to sources familiar with the situation.

During that time, Gilas was billeted at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.

It was later revealed that Malonzo had engaged in a brawl with a practicing mixed martial artist at the restaurant after stopping by Dr. Wine for drinks in BGC.

Following the incident, Malonzo issued apologies to both the Philippine Basketball Association and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

“Nag-usap kami at sabi niya, it was a miscommunication at it didn’t go well. Sabi niya, ‘I just want to apologize to you, the PBA, Ginebra, Ginebra fans, Gilas, Gilas fans, and the SBP,’” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

“Kausap ko rin si [SBP] President Al Panlilio, kaya siya nagka-gastro, positive siya sa COVID nung Sabado. Nung Linggo, positive uli siya. Kaya hindi siya nakalaro,” he added.

Despite his absence, Gilas managed to secure a victory under coach Tim Cone’s leadership, who mentioned that Malonzo and Justin Brownlee had been unwell since their previous road game against Hong Kong.

Brownlee, however, was able to play against Chinese-Taipei.

“We contemplated bringing him to the hospital. He’s that down and out,” bared Cone.

“We sent our doctors over to him and put him on IV, but I think maybe some of the guys just got dehydrated severely on the trip and we didn’t hydrate well after that. And I’ve got to be more cognizant of that, making sure that the guys are doing that better,” he added.

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