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Sena on landing-spot foul on Chan: ‘Hindi ako dirty player’

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Miles Morales

Blackwater big man James Sena insisted he didn’t intentionally hurt Ginebra’s Jeff Chan after the lefty shooter sprained his ankle in the Elite’s 108-107 overtime win over the Gin Kings last Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Sena planted his foot on the landing spot of Chan as the Ginebra guard took a three-point shot early in the fourth quarter.

“Eh yung tira pala ni Jeff, pa-ano rin, kasi fumade-off din ako papunta sa kanya, tapos yung tira niya, pasugod din pala siya,” Sena explained on Sunday after his team’s win over Meralco.

“Hindi ko naman sinasadya na dun siya mag-landing eh, kasi hindi naman ako umabot sa three-point line eh; yun yung iniisip ko eh.”

The PBA on Sunday slapped a P20,000 fine on Sena for his action.

“Yung sinasabi ng iba na sinadya ko, hindi mo naman maiiwasan yung mga tao na ganun yung iisipin,” said the former JRU star, who turns 31 in August.

“Hindi naman ako dirty player eh. Nangyari lang talaga yun,” Sena insisted. “Twice na nangyari sa akin yun kaya may history na, pero hindi ko naman sinasadya yung mga ganun. Syempre iniingatan ko din na mga professional players kami.”