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Jamie Malonzo apologizes for viral brawl video following Gilas-Chinese Taipei game says Willie Marcial

Jamie Malonzo admitted to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial that he was indeed involved in a brawl in Taguig whose video went viral overnight. Kennelf Monteza (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed on Monday that Jamie Malonzo issued an apology to him after he admitted that he was involved in a commotion inside a KFC restaurant whose video instantly went viral the night before right after Gilas Pilipinas took on Chinese Taipei in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.

Marcial then said Malonzo is apologizing to him, the PBA, Gilas, the Ginebra fans, and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for his conduct and that he accepted the apology.

However, Marcial clarified that Malonzo was really out for the Gilas-Chinese Taipei due to acute gastroenteritis just like what coach Tim Cone implied after Gilas' win and not because of what appeared to be a solid punch that landed on his torso area, even revealing that the high-flying forward also tested positive for COVID-19.

He added that they tested Malonzo again hours before tip-off in hopes that he would get negative this time, but he remained positive for COVID-19, prompting them to rule him out of the game.

The viral video saw Malonzo entangling with another customer near the ordering computer area inside a KFC branch, which according to sources was within the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

The other customer seemingly knocked Malonzo out with a punch, and it was later revealed that he was a former MMA fighter.

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