San Juan head coach Yong Garcia took to social media, making a public apology to Lord Casajeros, Valenzuela City, San Juan, and to the entire Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on Tuesday.
Last night, Garcia was caught spitting at Cajeros moments before the halftime break of the game held at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
“As a father and a coach, I love my players dearly and would defend them to the best that I can. Last night’s incident was triggered by multiple uncalled for events amongst players,” said the trusted deputy of Randy Alcantara. “I was merely asking for a player to stop hurting one of our players but was met by multiple foul languages. The protective coach in me felt the need to find a way to make this player stop what he was doing.
“But ultimately, the end does not justify the means.”
Things got chippy between Valenzuela and San Juan last night.
Judel Fuentes committed a foul on Casajeros that almost resulted in a confrontation. Irked, San Juan assistant coach Garcia went to Casejeros and spat on his shoulder.
#MPL2022 San Juan Knights assistant coach Yong Garcia was caught spitting at Valenzuela’s Lord Casajeros
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It resulted in Garcia’s ejection. The league is also set to declare its verdict later in the day.
“My actions were uncalled for and I could have handled it so much better. There is no place for that behaviour in sports. I am truly truly sorry. I am fully committed to setting my path straight and winning the community’s trust back,” his statement continued.
“I seek for everyone’s forgiveness and I accept the full consequences of the incident.”
The Casajeros family, meanwhile, is seeking that the Games and Amusements Board also takes action on the incident.