THE representatives of Australia cager Nathan Sobey expressed disappointment with the sanctions meted by Fiba against Gilas Pilipinas.
Mogul Sports Group, the agent representing Sobey, was particularly upset about Fiba’s decision to suspend Jio Jalalon for five games following a brawl that erupted during the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualiifers between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia. Sobey was punched by Jalalon during the scuffle that broke out when Daniel Kickert hit RR Pogoy with a forearm.
In a statement posted by Sobey’s agent Marquis L. Taylor in his Facebook account, Mogul Sports Group said it is outraged by the Fiba sanctions more so since Peter Aguilar, the father of Japeth Aguilar who threw a chair at him during the melee escaped sanctions.
“Mogul Sports Group, the representatives of Australian Boomer Nathan Sobey, express great disappointment and outrage at the sanctions issued by Fiba to the Philippines basketball players and officials involved in assaulting Nathan in the World Cup Qualifier on 2 July 2018.”
“Video evidence captured demonstrates the severity of the assaults and the potential risk of serious, and life altering injuries to Nathan. The assaults caused not only great distress to Nathan but also his family.”
“The 3 game and 5 game suspensions that were handed down to those responsible for the cowardly assaults on Nathan are condemned to the highest possible degree. Further, the fact that a suspension was not handed down to the individual who threw a chair at Nathan is of great concern.”
Mogul Sports Group also added it is consulting its legal counsel for its next action.
“Our legal counsel, Stephen Kellis of Botten Dnistriansky Kellis Lawyers is considering all options in the interest of player welfarce,” added the Mogul Sports Group in a statement.
The Mogul Sports Group also branded the Fiba’s sanctions as a ‘dangerous precedent.’
“International athletes deserve to feel safe when representing their country and we believe a duty of care to all athletes is owed in this regard and such duty was breached with the inadequate security that was provided on 2 July 2018. The sanctions delivered by FIBA set a dangerous precedent moving forward as to the safety and wellbeing of players.”
Mogul Sports Group said Sobey is thankful for the support given to him by many Filipino people who issued their apology on behalf of the Gilas Pilipinas players and officials.