Maliksi meets with PBA commissioner, apologizes for ‘cooking’ gesture in Game 4

February 16, 2017

by: JC Ansis

Allein Maliksi making a "cooking" gesture during Game 4. (Winston Baltasar)
Allein Maliksi making a “cooking” gesture during Game 4. (Winston Baltasar)

 

Star forward Allein Maliksi has apologized for his action late in Game 4 of the 2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series between the Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

With 38 seconds left in the fourth period, Maliksi was whistled for a foul on Sol Mercado who had beaten him to a loose ball. He made a “cooking” gesture which seemingly was a shot at the officiating.

The Hotshots eventually lost Game 4 as Ginebra tied the series two games apiece.

In a series of tweets, Maliksi said he had a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and apologized for the gesture.

“It (sic) hard to control your emotions and actions during the game but I realize that my reaction and the gesture I did was wrong,” he said in a post on his official Twitter account.

Maliksi admitted the gesture was directed towards the referees.

He also addressed the people who have been bashing him online, saying he isn’t afraid to pay the fine for what he did.

Narvasa confirmed to members of the media before Game 5 of the San Miguel-TNT series that Maliksi was fined for his action. Marc Pingris was also fined for “comments detrimental to the league,” while Jio Jalalon was penalized for hitting Mercado.

As of posting, there is still no official word from the league regarding the amounts of the fines or sanction imposed on the Star players.

 

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