Despite already serving his two-game suspension last Thursday, Jack Santiago was still out for University of the East on Saturday for the Red Warriors’ game against National University.
And it’s because of something beyond his control.
UE is conducting its own internal investigation of the alleged incident that occurred between Santiago and University of the Philippines’ Ricci Rivero last April 2.
Santiago bared the development to Tiebreaker Times.
With this, the school has temporarily suspended Santiago as well with the head coach only able to return to the bench after the conclusion of the school investigation.
Last Saturday, the league suspended Santiago for two games for “conduct unbecoming of a head coach.”
According to the league, Santiago was heard instructing his student-athletes to deliberately harm Rivero during a timeout in the second quarter.
However, game video only shows Santiago challenging the Red Warriors to step up their defense against Rivero.
“Hey guys, ginagawa kayong katawa-tawa nitong si Ricci eh,” said Santiago as Rivero already had nine points on 3-of-5 shooting during that span. “Pumapayag kayong ganiyanin nito eh. Wala na sa inyong respeto oh.
“Sa inyo lang naman niya kayang gawin yan. Sa Ateneo at sa La Salle, hindi niya kayang gawin ‘yan e.”
UE is currently 0-6 in the standings.