Star's Allein Maliksi sorry for 'cooking' gesture after meeting commissioner
MANILA, Philippines — Star guard Allein Maliksi on Thursday apologized for the "cooking" gesture he made in the dying moments of his team's 93-86 loss to Barangay Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
TV cameras caught the gesture, but Maliksi told reporters after the game that he was signaling to his teammates rather than complaining about the officiating. The Hotshots were called for 36 fouls in the contest, giving 33 free throws; in contrast, Ginebra was whistled for only 18 fouls and Star, as a team, went to the charity stripe 10 times.
"Wala masyadong huma-hustle, so sabi ko, pag medyo scramble na, tulong-tulong tayo kumuha ng rebound. Kaya ayun 'yung gesture ko sa kanila. Sabi ko, ikot-ikot tayo pag ganoon," Maliksi explained.
In a series of tweets on Thursday afternoon, Maliksi apologized after being summoned by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.
"I would like to apologize to all PBA fans for the gesture I did last 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 tweeted.
Maliksi also said: "Alam niyo din naman po ibig sabihin sa gesture na ginawa ko. Hindi ko na lang inamin sa media para hindi lumaki."