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    Alex Nuyles apologizes for 'miscommunication' after contract row with Mahindra settled

    Oct 6, 2015
    Alex Nuyles says Mahindra has decided to honor the contract he signed with the team last July. Dante Peralta

    (UPDATED) THE dispute between Mahindra and Alex Nuyles has been settled.

    Nuyles confirmed to Spin.ph on Tuesday that Mahindra will be fulfilling the contract that was earlier deemed invalid by the ballclub, paving the way for the former Adamson standout to play for the Enforcer in the 41st season of the PBA.

    Nuyles gave no other details about the matter, deferring to his agent Ed Ponceja, who has yet to respond to questions from Spin.ph as of posting time.

    Nuyles found himself without a salary since September after being informed by Mahindra officials that they decided not to honor the contract extension he was made to sign last July. His previous contract ended last August 31.

    Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda explained that the contract Nuyles signed was not yet signed by management, which has since decided to drop the former Rain or Shine cager along with several other players.

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    But according to a press release sent by the PBA to media outlets, Nuyles said the contract mess was no more than a 'miscommunication' and issued an apology to Mahindra management "for expressing doubts that they will not honor the contract renewal I signed with Kia."

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    “In this light, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to Mahindra for giving me this opportunity to play for their team in the forthcoming 2015-2016 PBA season,” Nuyles was quoted as saying.

    According to the PBA, Nuyles took to social media to vent against the contract row because "he thought (Mahindra) management was reneging on its commitment."

    The PBA also said new commissioner Chito Narvasa had his executive assistant Pita Dobles, who also heads the Players Affairs Office, call on the parties involved to shed more light on the matter. A settled was reached on Monday night, the league added.
    “I’d like to thank Commissioner Narvasa and his office for the concern and the valuable help they extended to us,” said Ponceja in the PBA press statement. “We’re just glad this is over so Alex can fully concentrate on preparing for the coming season.”
    The PBA statement, however, made no mention of other former Mahindra players in a similar plight, including Michael Burtscher who posted on his Facebook page that he was injured in practice last May but has been left waiting for surgery until now. He also complained of unpaid salaries.
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    Alex Nuyles says Mahindra has decided to honor the contract he signed with the team last July. Dante Peralta
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