MANILA, Philippines — And the Bo Perasol saga continues.
Ateneo de Manila University plans to file an incident report with the UAAP commissioner regarding the near-scuffle that involved Blue Eagles coach Perasol and La Salle fans on Sunday night, September 1 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In a phone interview with Rappler, team manager Paolo Trillo confirmed the move, saying that they will send their report on Tuesday, September 3 to Commissioner Chito Loyzaga.
“The league should take the opportunity to address this issue,” said Trillo, who, in video footages circulating throughout the web was seen as one of the people trying to restrain Perasol from attacking JJ Atayde.
“Heckling is part of the game,” he said. “But if you cross the line, you should be prepared to deal with the effects of what you did.”
Perasol cursed, not just heckled
A team source belied Atayde’s statement to Rappler last night that all he did was sarcastically thank Perasol for helping the Green Archers beat them.
“Minura mura niya si coach,” said the source, who was part of the group making its way to the dugout. “Sabi nila: p***** i** mo! Nasan ang yabang mo ngayon?”
He stressed that JJ was not alone in cursing Perasol and said that Tony Atayde was also throwing invectives at the Ateneo mentor, but walked away when Perasol confronted them.
“Siya yung unang tumakbo palabas,” the source said of Tony, who posted on his Twitter account that he was “nowhere near the altercation with Bo Perasol.”
Contrary to unconfirmed tweets, I was nowhere near the altercation with Bo Perasol. Picturrs can verify this.— Tony Lebron Atayde (@the_green_mind) September 1, 2013
The source also added that the verbal attack launched by the Atayde brothers might have been premeditated, as both were not seated in the area during the game and only made their way there after the match.
Ready to face consequences
For Trillo, there are limits to jeering during games and notes that all schools have alumni who sometimes allow their passion to get the better of them.
“Individuals like that shouldn’t be allowed to do it,” Trillo added. “We want these individuals to be responsible for what they did.”
Likewise, he added that Perasol and the Eagles are ready to face the consequences of the coach’s actions.
“We’re ready to face whatever the commissioner decides,” Trillo said. “We will abide by it but will make sure that these individuals be made responsible for the incident, too.”
In Season 75, the father of Nico Salva was banned from watching UAAP games at the patron section by the league after getting involved in an altercation with then FEU assistant coach Ronald Magtulis.
Earlier in this tournament, former Tamaraw Pippo Noundou was banned by the UAAP from all basketball venues this season for his work in a near-scuffle with fellow Cameroonian Karim Abdul of UST. – Rappler.com