by Jonas Terrado
Star Hotshots forward Allein Maliksi apologized for the “cooking gesture” he made late in his team’s 93-86 loss to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel last Wednesday that tied their best-of-seven semifinal series at 2-2 in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Maliksi’s gesture came during the dying seconds of the game marred by an evening of frustration for the Hotshots, who were beside themselves after being called 36 fouls compared to just 18 by Ginebra.
The former PBA D-League Most Valuable Player was fined with an undisclosed amount by PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, alongside Marc Pingris, who jokingly told reporters after a postgame interview in Game 4 to watch his “Cooking Show” in what looked like a subtle shot at officiating.
“Just had a meeting with comm narvasa and i would like to apologize to all PBA fans for the gesture i did,” Maliksi tweeted Thursday night.
“It(‘s) hard to control your emotions and actions during the game but i realize that my reaction and the gesture i did was wrong,” he added.
Maliksi took a shot at so-called bashers, who tweeted the six-year forward the moment after the gesture was made and seen on national television.
“To those haters/bashers keep it coming guys. Im in to it. And it gives me more motivation to play harder and smarter every game. Tenkyu,” he later tweeted.
“And hindi ako takot magfine dahil magbabayad din ako ng fine sa gesture na ginawa ko. I tried to not make it a big issue sa reporters.
“And alam nyo din naman po ibig ko sabihin sa gesture na ginawa ko. Hindi ko na lang inamin sa media para di lumaki. Kaya wag po tayong tanga,” added Maliksi, who when asked by reporters of his gesture, responded by saying that it was ‘meant for his teammates.’