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Picture swingman Ogie Menor is making his mark as an enforcer in the Philippine Basketball Association, and people — including the Commissioner’s Office — are taking notice.

Against Ginebra, Menor drew the ire of veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand for a hard foul late in the game. In his team’s match against B-MEG, Menor was ejected after a technical foul for taunting and a flagrant foul. After the game, he ended up paying a total of P6,000 in fines, and received a stern warning from league commissioner Chito Salud for his behavior.

“I reminded him to be more mindful of his physical play,” said Salud.

Just two days later, Menor was involved in another heated on-court encounter, this time against league-leading Rain or Shine. After knocking down a corner jumper, Menor turned to taunt the Elasto Painters bench, which led to Rain or Shine’s fiery mentor Yeng Guiao giving Menor a forearm shove. The incident led to the coach’s ejection from the game.

For Menor, however, it’s all just part of the game.

“Hindi naman natin intension na manakit,” he said in an exclusive interview with InterAKTV. “Pero alam niyo naman ang basketball, physical game talaga.”

He said that because he’s playing on a young team, he has had to take on the tough guy role.

“Bata pa yung team namin and I have to protect my teammates, so I’m playing this new role.

“Idol ko kasi si Ron Artest. Gusto ko yung ginagawa niya sa team niya kasi bukod sa umiiskor siya, dumedepensa pa tsaka lumalaban ng physical game. Parang katulad din dati ni Rudy Distrito.” coach Franz Pumaren said that he sees nothing wrong with Menor’s approach to the game.

“Well, he’s just playing tough because toughness is being allowed in the league,” said Pumaren. “In fact, halos no harm, no foul na nga yung nangyayari, but since they’re allowing it, Ogie is playing within the rules of the game.”

After the Menor incident, Guiao admitted that he was surprised by the opposing player’s chutzpah.

“Nagulat nga kami, walang kaabog-abog biglang ganun yung ginawa sa bench,” he said, even as he admitted to his own mistake of losing his head because of Menor’s antics.

“Mas siraulo pala yung taong pumapatol sa siraulo.”

Menor, for his part, already expects another fine from the PBA office because of the incident.

“Babayaran ko na lang yung multa,” he said.

With the way he has been playing this year, it won’t surprise anyone if that’s not the last time he has to dig into his pocket to pay a fine.


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