SAN Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya quickly came to Michael Calisaan’s defense following the claims of coach Boyet Fernandez that the versatile forward is a dirty player.
Fernandez called out Calisaan for hitting JV Mocon in the first quarter and even went out of his way to claim that Calisaan has been getting away with punches for most of the season.
That caught the ire of Macaraya who insinuated that Fernandez’ comments may affect Calisaan’s dignity as a player.
“Sino ang dirty? Anong karapatan ni Boyet na tawagin si Michael na ganun? Sinisira ni Boyet dignidad ni Michael as well as the refs and commissioner,” said Macaraya.
Fernandez used San Sebastian’s previous match-ups to back his claim of Calisaan being dirty, after the fourth year forward got ejected in the first round against Emilio Aguinaldo College and got called for an unsportsmanlike foul in their second encounter.
Both incidents were against Sidney Onwubere and even the Generals star wasn’t safe from Macaraya’s response.
“Wala talaga ginagawa si Michael. Si Onwubere mula pa sa D-League yan nag fo-flop talaga para matawagan ng foul I can prove it to you dahil kalaban ko yan sa D-League,” Macaraya added.
The former PBA D-League champion coach believes that the referees got it right by downgrading their call to an unsportsmanlike foul instead of the initial decision which was a disqualifying foul.
Macaraya welcomed the development of the replays, saying that it would have been huge had Calisaan been ejected again for all the wrong reasons.
“Nadesisyunan thrown out sa referees na tatlo, pinagusapan nila. Nung pagpunta nila kay commissioner na may proof na hindi tinamaan si Mocon at nag box-out si Michael dinowngrade hindi talaga pang thrown out,” said Macaraya.
“Si Boyet nagreklamo. Nakita nila na sinuntok si Mocon. Bakit nila titirahin si Michael na dirty player kahit nakita ng commissioner sa splice na tape hindi totoo tawag?”
While Fernandez was asking for ‘clean play’ Macaraya fired back, saying the Red Lions themselves are not playing clean.
The feisty San Sebastian mentor took a swipe at several San Beda players, particularly Robert Bolick who he said was caught on tape throwing punches on the court. Macaraya said he has the videos now and will provide spin.ph some clips as evidence.
“As I’ve said hindi dirty player si Michael. He is just a victim and you can provide with the commissioner to give proof. When it happens si Bolick pwede ba ako magsabi na dirty player? Si Bolick na may video, I saw the tape totoo talaga,” Macaraya said. “Ewan ko ’tong si Boyet siya na nananalo pinporotektahan niya si Bolick? May proof referee na sinuntok na nya. Si Bolick bakit hindi nila nilalabel na dirty?” Macaraya added.
Macaraya called Fernandez’s comments “careless” and without substance particularly in this issue that could affect Calisaan’s future and the school’s reputation.
“Si Boyet salita lang ng salita hindi naman nagiisip dun kami naiinis. Sinisira nya reputation ni Micahel,” Macaraya continued.