Arvin Tolentino and Raymar Jose have chosen to put the past behind them.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said that both players have already patched things up following the late-game commotion that marred Meralco’s win over Barangay Ginebra in the 2022 Governors’ Cup Finals last Wednesday.
The two appeared before the fifth-year league chieftain hours prior to Game Two of the best-of-seven series Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, and were given a stern warning for their actions that garnered much attention online.
“Nagkamayan pa,” Marcial told reporters.
No sanctions were given to the Far Eastern University products, although the amiable executive warned that they would be slapped with harsher penalties should one of them figure in similar instances in the future.
Marcial also told them to be more mindful of their acts.
“Hindi na ito parang college,” he shared. “Ang hirap pumasok [sa PBA], baka mawala kayo. Ang hirap din bumalik. Alagaan na ninyo yan, career na niyo yan. Nandito na kayo sa PBA, alagaan na ninyo yung career niyo.”
Tolentino and Jose stole the spotlight in the Bolts’ 104-91 victory for nearly going into fisticuffs following a heated moment with about seven seconds left. The trash-talking did not stop all the way to the parking lot.
Jose and Meralco are looking to go up 2-0 in the title bout.
The second game of each playdate is also livestreamed on SMART Sports.