Celebrities tweet reactions to FIBA game brawl

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Gary Valenciano, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Gretchen Ho, and more express disappointment regarding the brawl that happened during the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia

DISAPPOINTED. Biacan Gonzalez, KC Montero, Gary Valenciano, and Sam YG are some of the personalities disappointed by the brawl between Gilas PH and Australia. File photos by Rob Reyes/Jill Tan Radovan/Instagram/@sam_yg

MANILA, Philippines – Celebrities and personalities took to social media following the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and the Australian team, during the Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena on Monday, July 2.

Singer Gary Valenciano tweeted: “It’s the first time this has ever happened in FIBA…I’m embarrassed…so very embarrassed.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It’s the first time this has ever happened in FIBA…I’m embarrassedo very embarrassed <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIBAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FIBAWorldCup</a> <a href=”https://t.co/tdJI8vG0UU”>https://t.co/tdJI8vG0UU</a></p>&mdash; GARY VALENCIANO (@GaryValenciano1) <a href=”https://twitter.com/GaryValenciano1/status/1013783091767201793?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Bianca Gonzalez-Intal wrote: “It takes a LOT for someone in a highly heated moment to keep their calm, even if I am sure deep inside they want to defend their own. Gotta hand it to Gabe (Norwood), Junemar (Fajardo) and Baser (Amer).”

{source} <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It takes a LOT for someone in a highly heated moment to keep their calm, even if I am sure deep inside they want to defend their own. Gotta hand it to Gabe, Junemar and Baser.</p>&mdash; Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) <a href=”https://twitter.com/iamsuperbianca/status/1013778393597239297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>{/source}

TV host Gretchen Ho tweeted “Whoever started the scuffle though, can’t be good for the Philippines as HOST. Whichever way you look at it.” She believed that player Marc Pingris might have been easing the tension when they had a selfie on the court.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Whoever started the scuffle though, can’t be good for the Philippines as HOST. Whichever way you look at it  <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIBAWC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FIBAWC</a></p>&mdash; Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gretchenho/status/1013777176229916672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Not saying the selfie was right, but this context  <a href=”https://t.co/uPVTsiVOfY”>https://t.co/uPVTsiVOfY</a></p>&mdash; Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gretchenho/status/1013775869876158465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>In our defense, I think he was just trying to ease tensions and lighten things up. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FilipinoHumor?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FilipinoHumor</a> <a href=”https://t.co/SsZePxKPY6″>https://t.co/SsZePxKPY6</a></p>&mdash; Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gretchenho/status/1013774960198803456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Director Joey Reyes also gave his take on the issue.

“If an occasion for sportsmanship becomes a reason for heated divisiveness, then the event has become a total failure not only for the participants but for the enthusiasts as well. #disappointed.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If an occasion for sportsmanship becomes a reason for heated divisiveness, then the event has become a total failure not only for the participants but for the enthusiasts as well. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/disappointed?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#disappointed</a></p>&mdash; Joey Javier Reyes (@DirekJoey) <a href=”https://twitter.com/DirekJoey/status/1013966961946996736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann said she doesn’t event know what to tweet about the scenario.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>…..I don’t. even know. what. to tweet. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIBAWC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FIBAWC</a> </p>&mdash; Laura Lehmann (@IAmLauraLehmann) <a href=”https://twitter.com/IAmLauraLehmann/status/1013778815963680768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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TV host Sam YG meanwhile admitted to being frustrated about what happened.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>grabe naman yun.. mejo frustrating  <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GilasPilipinas?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#GilasPilipinas</a></p>&mdash; Sam Gogna (@sam_yg) <a href=”https://twitter.com/sam_yg/status/1013781172990631936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>KONTING AYOS PLS… <a href=”https://t.co/O2fL6YRwm9″>https://t.co/O2fL6YRwm9</a></p>&mdash; Sam Gogna (@sam_yg) <a href=”https://twitter.com/sam_yg/status/1013787284456345600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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KC Montero tried to make light of the situation. He also praised Gabe Norwood for keeping his cool during the brawl.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sorry Lebron, FIBA stole the spotlight from you today.</p>&mdash; KC Montero (@KCMontero) <a href=”https://twitter.com/KCMontero/status/1013814516298084352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Way to keep it cool, Gabe. <a href=”https://t.co/svhrkySUNu”>https://t.co/svhrkySUNu</a></p>&mdash; KC Montero (@KCMontero) <a href=”https://twitter.com/KCMontero/status/1013845657726025728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Comedian Ethel Booba also had a witty comment on the incident.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>Dun sa mga kapwa namin artista na nag sasabing embarassing kami wala kaming pakialam sa inyo. Kami magkaka housemate sa loob kailangan namin magtulungan. Kung embarassing kami sa mata niyo bat di kayo mag convert ng Australian Big Brother. Charot! Ethel Booba as PBB Housemate</p>&mdash; Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) <a href=”https://twitter.com/IamEthylGabison/status/1013932103967244288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The match between the two teams turned into a brawl when the Philippines’ RR Pogoy shoved Christopher Goulding and later got into a tense moment with Daniel Kickert.

Players from both teams were later shown throwing punches at each other as referees tried to pacify the situation. Nine of the Gilas players were ejected. (LOOK: Bench-clearing brawl mars Gilas-Australia game)

The game ended with Australia winning against the Philippines 89-53. FIBA said it will probe the incident–  Rappler.com