PBA: Guiao calls Hodge a ‘danger to the league’
MANILA, Philippines - After eliminating the Meralco Bolts on Saturday afternoon, Rain or Shine’s fiery head coach Yeng Guiao apologized to everyone for his derogatory remark towards Bolts’ forward Cliff Hodge following Game 2.
Everyone save for Cliff Hodge, that is.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to all who may have been offended on the term I used on Cliff Hodge. I had meant no harm on the people affected or offended, but my apology does not extend to Cliff Hodge,” said Guiao, who called Hodge a "mongoloid" in response to his closed fist strike against Raymund Almazan.
He even added, "If there is another appropriate term that I could call Cliff Hodge I would call him that."
Guiao’s discontent hadn’t subsided after April 26’s victory, as Guiao was vocal about an elbow shot Hodge had landed on Jeff Chan that sent the Gilas gunner to the ground.
"I don't think he can stop himself," Guiao said. "It's also his style to use himself as a human projectile throwing himself at players pretending to go after the ball. He's hurt a lot of people doing that. I think he's a danger to this league."
'This is the way I play'
When asked how he felt about Guiao's conditional apology, Hodge responded: "It's cool. I'm glad he apologized to all the people that are unfortunate to be with Down Syndrome. I didn't even know what it was but when I found out I was kind of shocked that he would say something to a player. "
Hodge, who finished with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block, defended his play against Chan. "I'm going for the ball; the game is physical," said Hodge. "Everyone's getting hit. You can't blame me for trying to get the ball for my team. It doesn't bother me. I'll keep playing the way I play, it's not going to affect the way I play or whatever everyone has to say about me.
"This is the way I play man, either you hate it or you love it. It's basketball, you're either going to play or not gonna play."
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will open their semifinals series against the Talk ’N Text Tropang Texters on Monday. - Rappler.com
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