Indonesia’s Pulu Randu Wahyu Prudada found himself in a quagmire of criticisms after his performance and court antics in the recently-concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Randu, as he is more popularly known, first drew flak when he made a slitting throat gesture during the Indonesians’ three-set fight against Philippines in the elimination round.
SERIOUSLY? Neck slitting gesture is not a good sign of sportsmanship! This boy named Randu is not in the right mind. Hope you’ll have a good sleep tonight. #SambansaParaSaGinto #SEAGames2019 #MensVolleyball #PNMVT pic.twitter.com/hgmlAUJiRJ
— rosé 🌹 (@ksooreign) December 10, 2019
In the gold medal match yesterday, the middle blocker was also at the receiving end of the crowd’s boos whenever he was at the service line or merely just entering the court.
Amid the exclamation of disapproval from the Pinoy fans, the Indonesian tower did not miss a beat as, at some point in the game, he seemed to be taunting the crowd as well.
Randu further drew ire when he was caught on camera raising his middle finger during the awarding ceremony.
Mind game? Ok accepted.
He was just dancing? Ok fine.
But this?! NOW TRY TO DEFEND HIM AGAIN IN ALL POSSIBLE REASONS YOU CAN COME UP! At the end of the day, Randu still didn’t gain our respect.
— 🐥 (@dongdongsaeng) December 10, 2019
Following all these, his name shoots up to the country’s top trending topics on Twitter as Pinoy fans criticized him.
Fans said Randu’s actions were disrespectful and unprofessional, saying he may have won the championship but not the respect of the crowd.
Some even mentioned the heroics of Pinoy surfer Roger Casogay, who saved an Indonesian athlete last week. What Randu did, according to some, was him being ungrateful.
— 𝙚𝙮𝙖𝙣𝙣 🦅 (@eyannmiguel) December 10, 2019
See how shitty Randu is. Lol uwi ka na beshy! Congrats Doni Haryono, lab u! 😂 pic.twitter.com/abiYeCJyva
— Jan Leigh (@Leeeeeeyyyyy) December 10, 2019
— Peter Manalili (@PeterManalili) December 10, 2019
TO HIS FACE, RANDU. THATS WHAT IM TELLING. YOU WILL WIN BUT YOU WILL NEVER RECEIVE RESPECT BECAUSE YOU ARE DISRESPECTFUL ATHLETE. IMAGINE REPRESENTING INDONESIA WITH THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE. #SEAGames2019
— AC (@athenaw02) December 10, 2019
Can someone please spike the ball right onto the face of Randu? Please? #SEAGames2019
— Renz Tan (@renztan_29) December 10, 2019
I hope Randu will not show that kind of attitude to his future games with his team, not just here in the Philippines but also to his homeland. He’s an amazing player but his attitude will just earn disrespect from the crowd.
— 张艺兴 (@TYYTTRK) December 10, 2019
Meanwhile, in a video taken by Gretchen Ho, Randu said he loves Philippines when asked about his message to the Filipinos.
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) December 10, 2019
Pinoy pride Marck Espejo retweeted the video with a quote. He wrote: “Love u Randu HAHAHAHA!! Stop booing. Mabait po siya.”
Love u Randu HAHAHAHA!! Stop booing. Mabait po siya https://t.co/EkExefQwAR
— Marck Espejo (@MarckEspejooo) December 10, 2019
Randu scored two points as Indonesia took home the gold after a 25-21, 27-25, 25-17 win over Philippines.