TNT big man Poy Erram called out a Magnolia player for going overboard with his antics, accusing him of deliberately hurting and spitting on members of the Tropang Giga.
Frustrated, Erram took to social media to remind the player that his actions are unacceptable right after the Hotshots finally got on board the PBA Philippine Cup finals with a 106-98 Game 3 win on Sunday, October 24.
Erram did not identify the said player in his posts.
“Basketball is a physical game and everybody knows that. But if you do something beyond that, it’s downright disrespectful and it reflects on who you are as person,” Erram wrote.
“Taunting and trash talk, that’s part of the game. If you get hit, prepare yourself and just play ’cause it’s [a] part of it.”
“But hurting someone on purpose and spitting on their faces and end up enjoying it? You have no right to be in this league or anywhere else.”
Erram said he can tolerate the physicality and the mind games in a highly charged environment like the finals, but shenanigans beyond that are unbecoming of professional players.
“You are an adult you know what you’re doing and please don’t give the excuse that you were overcome with emotions!” Erram said in a mix of Filipino and English.
“I’m not saying this ’cause I hate the person, no. I’m saying this to remind him that you can be physical, [you can] taunt me, talk trash, but don’t you ever spit on my face or someone.”
Things got testy in the third quarter of Game 3 when TNT forward Troy Rosario suffered a nasty fall following a flagrant foul from Magnolia big man Jackson Corpuz during a drive attempt.
Rosario had to be carried out of the court by his teammates as he hurt his back and dislocated his pinky finger.
Corpuz, meanwhile, got ejected since he already incurred a technical foul earlier in the game.
Erram said he wanted to address the issue as players need to hold themselves to a higher standard.
“We’re adults here and we get paid to perform and act professional; being a professional athlete is a privilege, especially if you are playing in the PBA and not everyone is given a chance to play here,” Erram said.
“So you need to value it and give everything and be humble about it.”
“Remember, you’re not just representing yourself. You’re representing your team and the company you’re in, and especially, your family. You don’t want them to see you like that.”
“I choose my freedom and I choose to speak so that this kind of attitude stops right now and that it won’t happen again to anyone.”
The Tropang Giga lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. – Rappler.com