TNT reinforcement and Best Import of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Terrence Jones posted a strongly-worded message on his Instagram account against SMB team captain Arwind Santos’ monkey gesture during Game 5 of the ongoing Finals series, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Santos made the gesture while on the team bench in the 1:05 mark of the 2nd period after Jones was whistled for a loose-ball foul on Christian Standhardinger.
“I don’t normally post responses to negative things said about me – but as a father and a black man, this can’t be ignored. I came to the PBA to play – and to share my talent – in a country where I have tremendous respect for its culture and its people. My son is of Filipino descent,” wrote Jones.
“I cannot and will not tolerate racial slurs and gestures. They’re not only disrespectful to me but to my family and my race. I teach my son to be proud of who he is and to be respectful of all. This wasn’t a case of “mind games” in an athletic competition – it was racism. Period,” continued the former NBA player.
Jones is now hoping for a swift and appropriate action from the PBA for Santos’ unacceptable behavior.
“Swift, significant action needs to be taken by the PBA to send a STRONG, clear message that racism in any form is UNACCEPTABLE will NOT be tolerated.”
League commissioner Willie Marcial has already called on the outspoken San Miguel veteran to appear before him and explain his actions during the said game.