TANDUAY Light coach Lawrence Chongson admitted he made a 'wrong choice of words' in his rant against the PBA D-League over its lack of parity, which he said was caused by the MVP group's 'super teams' and resulted in the league luring ‘fly-by-night’ teams.
The controversial Chongson appeared before PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday morning and emerged singing a different tune, saying he didn’t mean to offend anybody with his tirade and simply wants to move on.
“Ang advice din ni Com (Salud) na para wala na rin masaktan at ma-offend is move forward na,” Chongson told Spin.ph. “Wrong choice of words ko lang ‘yun. Wala naman akong balak ma-offend sila. Ayoko rin naman maka-offend dahil may mga negosyo rin sila."
Chongson also said he didn’t mean to say that Hapee Toothpaste is, in reality, being run by the group of Manny V. Pangilinan after the new D-League ballclub managed to lure most of the top collegiate and amateur basketball players in the country.
“’Yung MVP-run ang Hapee, parang ‘yung mga players (ng MVP group), napunta doon. Hindi ko naman sinabi na sila nagpapatakbo at gumagastos. ‘Yung Hapee naman, may kakayahan naman ‘yun,” said Chongson.
Chongson also said the Tanduay ballclub is ready to move on after they lost Ateneo star Chris Newsome and Far eastern University standout Mac Belo for different reasons.
Tanduay lost Newsome to Hapee when it failed to give him an offer before a five-day grace period lapsed while Belo ended up playing for the FEU-backed MJM M-Builders despite being under contract with the Rhum Masters.
“Ang marching order ni Boss is move forward na. Sa management na nanggaling na move forward na,” said Chongson.
To Chongson's credit, he had the last laugh on Monday when he led Tanduay past Belo and the rest of the M-Builders in their first meeting in the D-League season.
A decision on his case is set to be handed out by Salud.