Former Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones has recently been making waves in Asia, playing as an import for local outfit TNT of the Philippine Basketball Association. The 27-year-old has been killing it in the basketball-crazed nation of late, and has, unfortunately, been on the receiving end of some allegedly racist taunts from a local player.
Jones took to Twitter to call out Arwind Santos of the San Miguel Beermen — the team Jones and company were facing in the league’s Finals — sharing his utter disgust in what he considers to be embarrassing and unacceptable.
As a father & black man this can’t be ignored. It’s UNACCEPTABLE. Swift, significant action needs to be taken by the PBA to send a STRONG message that racism in ANY form will NOT be tolerated.”@espn @Sports5PH @NBAonESPNRadio @NBAOfficial @SI_PHnews @KentuckyMBB @CNN @cnnsport https://t.co/Np6iCvc54I
— Terrence Jones (@TerrenceJones1) August 15, 2019
The player currently being accused of racism is himself known as a bit of a deviant in the league and is very active when it comes to playing mind games with his opponents. Santos initially insisted he had no intentions of apologizing for what he did, shrugging the incident off as nothing more than in-game teasing which he’s known to do countless times in the past — but later acquiesced and posted an apology on his Twitter account.
— arwind santos (@arwindsotnas) August 15, 2019
Regardless of the situation, though, racism is racism, and it is clear as day that this is indeed one of the most blatant forms of the same.
Jones went on the record to further explain why he feels extremely disappointed with what has transpired.
“I came to the PBA to play — and to share my talent — in a country where I have tremendous respect for its culture and its people. My son is of Filipino descent. I cannot and will not tolerate racial slurs and gestures. They’re not only disrespectful to me but to my family and my race,” Jones said, via Yahoo! Philippines.
This is one of the first incidents of racism in the PBA and the league quickly took it upon themselves and sanctioned Santos. The veteran has been fined 200,000 pesos and required to perform community service and attend counseling for equity and racial discrimination.
Nonetheless, there is no comprehensive policy currently in place to penalize such acts and hopefully, this sets a precedent for inclusion of such rule.