San Miguel team captain Arwind Santos has been penalized by the PBA with a P200,000 fine plus 100 hours of community service for his monkey gesture directed at TNT import Terrence Jones during Game 5 of the ongoing Finals series between the Beermen and the KaTropa, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 38-year old, Angeles City native will also undergo seminar and counseling on equality and racial discrimination.
“Walang lugar ang racial discrimination sa basketball at sports in general at sa PBA in particular. Hindi pinahihintulutan ng liga yung mga ganung aksyon, at kung maulit pa, mas mabigat na sanction ang ipapataw natin,” said league commissioner Willie Marcial.
The amiable executive also took the opportunity to apologize to Jones and to his family for the unfortunate incident.
“Bilang Commissioner, humihingi ako ng pasensya at pang-unawa kay Mr. Terrence Jones at sa kanyang pamilya. Ang PBA at tahanan para sa lahat, bukas para sa lahat at walang kinikilalang kulay, lahi o paniniwala,” said Marcial.
Santos has since posted an apology video on his Twitter and Instagram accounts for Jones, the fans and all those affected by his ill-advised action.