Hours after the smoke of the tense-filled quarterfinal match between Barangay Ginebra and GlobalPort has cleared, fans from both squads haven’t calmed their nerves, debating on who was at fault in the word war between LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo in the dying minutes of the match Tuesday.
As of 6:00 a.m Wednesday, or at least 9 hours after the incident took place, the Sports5 video of the Tenorio-Romeo scuffle, which started on the two playmakers’ rough rebounding sequence and ending with the ejection of the GlobalPort star, has already gained more than 24,000 reactions and 14,000 shares.
Memes of the two elite playmakers in the league also popped out like mushrooms as they made rounds in various social media platforms.
Some fans argued that Tenorio instigated the rough sequence when he elbowed Romeo on the face, while others felt the veteran Ginebra guard seemed to have overreacted on the close fist backhit he took to the rib.
Others called out Romeo’s uncalled for behavior after losing his cool, who still said something while passing in front of the Ginebra bench just as he was heading into the dugout following his flagrant foul 2 infraction.
Tenorio openly shared his thoughts on the issue right after the game, but Romeo chose to keep mum as he headed to the exit of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Hours after the game, however, the 2-time Scoring Champion made a quirky remark in his Twitter account.
“Good night guys,” Romeo at at his official Twitter handle @tbvromeo, which could be a swipe to Tenorio’s hand gesture of ‘“go to sleep” when he made his way to the locker room.
Good night guys???
— Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) June 6, 2017
The 32-year old Tenorio, on the other hand, has no plans of engaging his critiques in the virtual landscape.
“I’ve been playing more than 10 years in the league. I’ve been in a lot of battles like that. Hindi ko na papatulan yang ganyan,” said the 11-year veteran when asked if he’s ready to take the flak in social media.
“The most important thing now is we’re in the semis. We’re going to focus on the next game. I’m not going to, parang gagawing big deal ‘tong nangyari sa amin,” stressed Tenorio. “Hindi ako magpapaapekto regarding that matter, so kayo na ang bahala dyan.”
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