ORGANIZER of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup said it will not impose sanctions at this point on anyone relating to the alleged racist remarks aimed at San Beda big man Ola Adeogun, but was quick to condemn such discriminatory acts.
Although it has yet to receive any complaint from the San Beda camp regarding the incident that took place Saturday during the game between the Red Lions and Lyceum Pirates, the league said in a statement that it will not tolerate racism on and off the court.
It further adds that the league will conduct its own investigation on the matter in the hope of preventing racist incidents from happening in the future.
“There has been no official complaint filed with us. Nevertheless, we will look into the matter and get to the bottom of this,” said part of the league’s statement released on Wednesday.
Allegations of racism came to light once again during a highly-physical match between the Lions and Pirates.
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez claimed a racial slur was directed towards Adoegun, although he didn’t say who and what was said to the Nigerian big man.
Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan, however, denied to Spin.ph that a racist remark was made by one of his players, saying a discriminatory act from the team is impossible since the Pirates have their own foreign player.
Nevertheless, the league reiterated it won’t condone racism.
“Rest assured that the people behind the tournament including our commissioners and officials will look into ways into curbing this and providing for a safe and fun but competitive environment,” the league said.
Following the racism accusation, tournament organizer Joey Guillermo said the league is now studying how to deal with racial acts.
“Right now kasi, we don’t have any policy with regards to that,” Guillermo admitted. “But with this incident, we are now looking at how to avoid it from happening again.”
“With the statement, we are already giving this as a warning,” he added.
Based on the initial talks of tournament organizers, Guillermo said the league is now considering giving penalties to a person – be it player, coach, or a fan -- caught saying racial remarks towards another.
“We will give them a warning. But kung continuous, we will ask them politely to leave the venue. If it happens again, they will be banned from watching,” Guillermo said.
Guillermo said the league will also seek advice from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) since the Filoil preseason tournament is now an associate member of the governing body.
The complete Filoil statement is as follows:
We at the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup would like to make it clear that we do not condone or tolerate racism in our league.
It is a shame that such word and feeling exists in our country of all countries.
As a partner of these respected colleges and universities, it falls upon us to guide our young men and women who are all student-athletes. Rest assured that the people behind the tournament including our commissioners and officiating officials will look into ways into curbing this and providing for a safe and fun but competitive environment.
With regards to tine incident involving Ola Adeogun of the San Beda Red Lions, there has been no official complaint filed with us. Nevertheless, we will look into the matter and get to the bottom of this.
As the country’s premier pre-season college basketball tournament, we would like to make our position very clear on the issue—we do not condone nor we will tolerate racism.
We hope that this will send a very clear message to our teams and the fans who come to watch the games.