Some people may have criticized Terrence Romeo’s outburst in Game Two of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between the San Miguel Beermen and Magnolia Hotshots on Friday night, but his teammate Chris Ross fully understands him.
The flamboyant scorer got kicked out of the game with 6:23 left to play due to back-to-back technical fouls for disrespectfully addressing an official. Ross then backed up Romeo, who felt that referees are ‘favoring’ him.
“Terrence felt like he got fouled, and I thought he got fouled too. He released his frustrations. Luckily, it was a big lead and it didn’t affect the game,” said Ross moments after the game, which the Beermen won, 108-101.
“He has the right to do that because it was an obvious foul. I thought it was an obvious foul. Terrence thought that it was an obvious foul. And they were doing it the whole fourth quarter,” continued two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
“Terrence was frustrated and I don’t blame him.“
Ross made it known that he’s backing up his teammate, who has become known as one of the emotional players in the league. When asked if he gave Romeo any advice, the 34-year-old said that he didn’t say anything.
For Ross, the SMB family simply allows of their members be themselves, since they know that the uniqueness of individuals is what makes the players the best that they can be – and definitely helps the team.
“Some players need to play with their emotions. Terrence is an emotional player and that brings the best out of him. That is what we preach in our team, to be themselves. Adapt to the team but be yourself,” he said.
“Bring your personality and we will welcome you.”
Moreover, Ross defended Romeo, saying that he has been nothing but a good teammate since he came on board. “Terrence has been amazing since he has been in our team. He has been a great teammate, he listens.
“He is willing to learn and do whatever it takes to win. Everyone loses their cool at some point. Everyone does it. Terrence isn’t immune to do that and needed to do it. We are all behind Terrence, one-hundred fifty to two-hundred-percent.”