Ayo breaks silence on Cansino, ‘bubble’ practice controversies

After a hectic two days of drama surrounding his team, UST Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo has finally broken his silence.

In a carefully worded statement, the incoming third-year chief shot-caller addressed both issues currently hounding him and his team, namely the shock ouster of former team captain CJ Cansino and the alleged “bubble” practices he was having in Sorsogon.

“We have varying approaches and adaptation to cope with the crisis,” Ayo said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “And as we have differences in strokes for different folks, we labor to respect the differences and allow generously for people to grow in the best way they could in whatever situation best fitting them.”

“The circumstances of life today have brought out the marked differences between my orientation in life and the fundamental option of our player CJ Cansino,” he continued. 

“We have found that it would be best that we part ways and allow maximum growth for each other.

“We wish him the Best of Providence in his new endeavor with a different team. We express our gratitude for the years and effort he poured so generously for UST.”

The 20-year-old Cansino has since joined the UP Fighting Maroons, and is set to debut in 2022 with two years of eligibility left.

As for the alleged “bubble” practices, Ayo has chosen not to delve into details due to the ongoing investigation launched by the school, the UAAP, and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“I am fully cooperating with the ongoing investigations and praying that in due time, this will be properly addressed,” he said.

Ayo then concluded his statement by calling on the government to “find ways to effectively address the debilitating pandemic in our country” so that “normalcy” can return to the game of basketball.

UST has until Wednesday, August 26, to submit the findings of its investigation to the UAAP. (FAST FACTS: A rundown on the CJ Cansino-UST-UP saga)

The league will in turn, coordinate with the Deparment of Health (DOH), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) on the next steps to be made on Ayo and the team. – Rappler.com