BARAKO Bull veteran Celino Cruz said he has accepted Luigi Trillo's apology over a "demeaning" tweet the Alaska coach posted in the course of questioning the trade of Allein Maliksi to San Mig Coffee.
Cruz admitted his family, primarily his wife, was hurt upon reading the tweet of Trillo who took to Twitter to air his disgust at what he claimed was an "illogical" trade that sent Maliksi to the San Mig camp for rarely used players Wesley Gonzales and Chris Pacana and a future second-round draft pick.
“Best Barako talent Maliksi for Bench players Gonzales and Pacana? Are you kidding me? Maliksi is the best player on that Barako team,” said Trillo on his account @luigitrillo.
“Would you trade James Yap for Bulawan and Celino Cruz? Cannot see the logic in letting a talent like Maliksi go.”
(For full story, see Barako Bull manager hits back at Trillo for tweets on 'illogical' Maliksi trade)
The tweets have since been deleted from Trillo's timeline, but the damage has been done.
"Sa akin okay lang yun ... Pero syempre, masasaktan ako. Pero mas masakit kasi asawa ko pa una nakabasa," said Cruz, who revealed that he is not into Twitter.
Cruz's wife Adele told Spin.ph how infuriated she was upon reading what she calls as "mapanglait na tweet."
"Syempre, parang masyado namang namaliit asawa ko. Ayos lang na magkumento siya (Trillo) pero sana huwag na mag name drop, kawawa damdamin ng mga players lalo ang mga kamaganak nila," said Adele. "Syempre, pinagmamalaki sila ng kaanak, tapos mababasa ganyan!"
Cruz added: "Nananahimik ako, pati ako dinamay. Wala naman akong ginagawa sa kanya."
However, the former Far Eastern University star bared that Trillo, as well as some members of Alaska coaching staff, have already called to apologize.
"Tinawagan na nga ako ni coach. Tinatanggap ko naman paliwanag niya. Sana lang wag nang maulit. Masakit kasi kung alam niyo lang kung gaano halos maiyak asawa ko," said Cruz, who added he had to keep his wife from replying to Trillo's tweet.
Gonzales, for his part, said he was surprised by Trillo's tweet, but declined to react.
"Nung nabasa ko nailing na lang ako. Ipinagpapasa-Diyos ko na lang," said Gonzales of the tweets of Trillo, who was an assistant coach at Alaska during Gonzales' spell with the team.
Meanwhile, Pacana, an eight-year PBA veteran, has vowed to translate Trillo's tweet into a personal motivation.
"I know I am not a bum, i know what I can bring to the table. And hopefully, i can finally prove that," said Pacana, adding he is also drawing inspiration from Jeremy Lin's phenomenal success.
"What's cruel about being a player is you rely on the right breaks. Sometimes you get to the wrong team and you don't get to truly show your worth. I just have to be patient and wait for the right time," he added.
"Hopefully, there'll be Jeremy Lins among us four (mentioned by Trillo)!"
The Alaska mentor told Spin.ph in a text that it wasn't his intention to demean players.
In his last tweet, Trillo posted: "I have high respect for coach Rajko, Bong and Charles Tiu. They get their guys competing really hard. Players hustle that we all see."