Of course, we love the flashes and flares in his game and he’s a microwave on the floor—once he gets a few shots in, he’ll be making those all day. But aside from his game, his short fuse tends to heat up the game and explode into some undesirable confrontations that are just unsportsmanlike.
The latest in Romeo’s series of hotheadedness came just three days ago against Columbian Dyip. Romeo got up-close and personal with Rashawn McCarthy and slammed the ball hard on McCarthy’s chest as they were going back to the bench for a timeout.
Obviously, Romeo was the one who started it, and this isn’t the first time that he sparked up some controversy during games that should be otherwise fun and competitive.
In this game way back in the 2015 PBA Governor’s Cup, Romeo was one of the players of GlobalPort Batang Pier who were trying to out-physical the big man Beau Belga. The gonads of Romeo to stand up and infuriate a man the size of Belga is both admirable and ridiculous.
To be fair, Romeo didn’t start this one and was at the receiving end of a shove from a Russian player. Romeo quickly got up and shoved his behind on the Russian. Butt attack!
This time though, Romeo initiated the contact. Playing rough on defense, RJ Jazul had no choice but to get physical with Romeo as well. Jazul was called for the foul and that was supposed to be it, but Romeo had other plans. Butt attack part two!
They said it was an elbow, but it was actually a fist that Romeo hit LA Tenorio on the side with. Romeo kept saying that LA hit him first on the mouth, which we can all see was accidental when LA was throwing his hands up.
Romeo was probably unhappy with Marcio Lassiter hitting the ball off his hand after the foul, but that is actually legal in order to prevent a possible and-one as long as it’s a continuous motion from the play. And Romeo got all up in his grill, almost throwing a punch in the process, but luckily, the referee got in the way just in time.