Celebrities tweet reactions to FIBA game brawl

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

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.”



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).”


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.




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.”


Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann said she doesn’t event know what to tweet about the scenario.



TV host Sam YG meanwhile admitted to being frustrated about what happened.

KC Montero tried to make light of the situation. He also praised Gabe Norwood for keeping his cool during the brawl.




Comedian Ethel Booba also had a witty comment on the incident.


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

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