THE agent of Allen Iverson in the Philippines defended his client on Wednesday amid claims that the former NBA star remains 'unprofessional' for his failure to show up for an interview with top television host Boy Abunda as well as a guesting in a morning show on GMA-7.
In a statement released to media outlets, Sheryl Reyes said the former Philadelphia 76ers star never intended to skip commitments to appear in the two shows as well as an interview in the early-morning program of GMA-7 'Unang Hirit' which was also scrapped.
However, circumstances beyond the control of Iverson's camp forced the 39-year-old former NBA star to miss the commitments, Reyes added.
Abunda had earlier aired his disgust after Iverson failed to show up for the taping of an interview on Monday for 'The Bottomline' show on ABS-CBN, blaming the former player's camp for an interview "that was not meant to happen."
Reyes explained Iverson was battling jet lag after more 30 hours of travel from the US and "slept past his call time" for the interview.
"Allen tried to stay awake, following more than 30 hours of travel from the United States, but exhaustion caught up with him and slept past his call time on the set. As we, myself, Mr. Iverson, and his managing team from the US, were finally making our way to the studio, I received information that the sitdown interview has already been packed up," Reyes said.
Reyes added "all parties are currently finding ways to resolve matters before Mr. Iverson leaves Manila on November 6."
On the scrapped Iverson interview for the early-morning GMA show 'Unang Hirit,' Reyes blamed a foul-up over the setting up of the set which she blamed on the events organizer.
"Let me reiterate that Mr. Iverson never intended not to honor his commitment to GMA-7’s early morning program. In fact, while the show’s crew was setting up in the ballroom, Mr. Iverson was waiting in the lobby, awaiting his turn to be interviewed by the host, Mr. Ivan Mayrina," Reyes said.
"[But] upon inspection of the flooring being laid out, I discovered it was not suitable and would put Mr. Iverson’s safety [at risk] – and those of the Ball Up All-Stars as well, and I made the call not let the players go on with the live guesting.
"For this, I and Mr. Iverson, who stayed up until 6 a.m., deeply apologize to the 'Unang Hirit' crew and GMA-7 for the inconvenience this has caused. We will do whatever we can to make it up to them."
On ther other hand, Reyes said Iverson was not feeling well after all the activities he had on Tuesday, which included a press conference and a basketball clinic, that he was forced to beg off from an appearance in GMA-7's 'The Ryzza Mae Show' on Wednesday morning.
Instead, Reyes said Iverson opted to rest ahead of the 'All In' basketball charity game where he is to coach the Ball Up team against an all-star side coached by Tim Cone.
"Again, we appreciate the show of support and love thrown his way and there were just circumstances that were beyond our control. Trust that Mr. Iverson is, was, and always will be professional," said Reyes.
"Mr. Iverson is very appreciated of his Filipino fans’ hospitality and he hopes this won’t be the last he will be visiting the Philippines."