Australian basketball player Thon Maker has released a statement on last night's brawl with the Philippines, defending his actions out of desire to protect his teammates.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning, Maker said he was "deeply disappointed" in what went down.
13 players were ejected and multiple punches were thrown in a violent brawl between the Aussies and Filipinos during last night's World Cup qualifier.
Matthew Dellavedova's manager Bruce Kaider told Triple M what the "extraordinary" fight was like, live from the stands.
"My hope is that this experience provides a springboard for discussion regarding the security surrounding these games," he wrote.
"I take responsibility from my actions knowing that they were a result of MY DESIRE to protect my teammates and myself."