Arwind Santos said he will continue to pull off the "Spider-Man dunk" days after the PBA implemented a rule prohibiting players from "from hanging onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard."
Based on the description, it was Santos' patented dunk. Any player who violates this new ruling will be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.
Naturally, this didn't sit well with the former PBA MVP.
"I do not agree with it. My teammates told me they will even pool money from their pockets should there be a fine. It was a touching gesture," Santos said in Filipino in the aftermath of the team's 124-118 loss to Columbian Dyip on Friday.
The "Spider-Man dunk", Santos said, is for the fans. For entertainment's sake, Santos said he will still unleash the patented slam and hang onto the rim long enough to flash the web-shooter hand gesture.
"If there's a chance I will still do it. I'm not really trying to defy it, I know there's a fine. But I'll do it for the fans," he said.
Santos said the league should focus on other important matters.
"I believe I'm not doing anything wrong. There are lots of important things they should address. Leave the Spider-Man Dunk alone," he said. "I'd still do it if there's a chance. If I ever hurt myself while doing it, I won't blame anyone. I will just smile and carry on."