San Miguel Beer forward Arwind Santos has been fined P200,000 by the PBA for his monkey gesture directed at TnT import Terrence Jones in the second quarter of Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, who summoned Santos on Thursday, said the San Miguel player will also render 100 hours of community service and undergo seminar and counseling on equality and racial discrimination.

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Terrence Jones of TNT prepares to attack the basket against San Miguel Beer’s Chris McCullough while Beermen Terrence Romeo, Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo look on in Game 1 of the best-of-seven finals of Season 44 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

“There is no place for racial discrimination in basketball and sports in general — in the PBA in particular. The league will not tolerate such action and a repeat of such offense will mean heavier sanction,” said Marcial.

As a Commissioner, I am extending an apology in behalf of the league to Mr. Terrence Jones and his family. The PBA is a home for everyone regardless of skin color, race or belief.”

Marcial said Santos was apologetic during the meeting.

“He apologized to the PBA fans, to Terrence Jones and to his team TnT,” said Marcial.

Marcial said Santos will also issue a public apology.

The SMB star came under fire after he was seen dancing like a monkey at the sidelines after Jones was called for a foul late in the second quarter of Game 5 eventually won by the Beermen, 99-94, for 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven titular series.


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