Rain or Shine’s outspoken coach Yeng Guiao believes the banning of Tropang TNT import Ivan Johnson is “karmic justice” for the Filipino players, whom the NBA veteran likes to bully during his PBA stint.
Guiao gave this straight-forward statement when asked to comment on Johnson, shortly after steering Rain or Shine to a 95-86 beating of winless Star on Saturday at the Philsports Arena.
“I think that’s good riddance. He’s a world-class asshole anyway,” Guiao told media men covering the PBA games.
The concurrent congressman of the 1st district of Pampanga added that the league office has actually tolerated the former Atlanta Hawk’s antics last season, back when Chito Salud was still commissioner.
“They just tolerated his antics last year. Tinolerate nila Commissioner (Salud) kaya lumaki ulo. I guess that’s karmic justice,” he added.
The Rain or Shine mentor, who was bumped by Johnson during the Finals last season, stressed that the Tropang TNT import liked to pick on Filipino players because they are shorter and smaller.
No wonder he said Johnson wouldn’t be a big loss at all for Philippine basketball.
“We don’t need guys like him in the Philippines because if you noticed, he doesn’t pick on the imports,” explained Guiao.
“Ang gusto niyang awayin mga Pilipino kasi maliliit ang mga Pilipino. So I guess that’s for the best of the league kasi binu-bully niya ang mga Pinoy,” he said.
“Hindi naman niya ma-bully mga kapwa niya import. Iyun ang storya niyo.”
On Saturday, league commissioner Chito Narvasa slapped a lifetime ban on Johnson, along with a P250,000 fine for “addressing the Commissioner with profanities and showing utter disrespect for authority.”
Johnson, who concluded his PBA career with 9 points and 3 rebounds against Meralco, has figured in various incidents in the playoffs last season, including a sideline bump on Guiao in Game One of the Finals.
Salud back then slapped the temperamental Tropang TNT import with a P150,000 penalty, but escaped suspension. — By Richard Dy