Indonesia’s Randu draws flak after controversial court antics

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.

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.

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.

Meanwhile, in a video taken by Gretchen Ho, Randu said he loves Philippines when asked about his message to the Filipinos.

Pinoy pride Marck Espejo retweeted the video with a quote. He wrote: “Love u Randu HAHAHAHA!! Stop booing. Mabait po siya.”

Randu scored two points as Indonesia took home the gold after a 25-21, 27-25, 25-17 win over Philippines.