ANY PBA player would love to celebrate a championship. San Mig Coffee Mixer Mark Barroca wishes he could do the same without being the butt of jokes.
Barroca, a member of the San Mig Coffee Mixers that recently won the PBA Governors’ Cup, has been the object of scorn and ridicule since last year’s controversial dugout interview during a post-game celebration with AKTV courtside reporter Erika Padilla.
The 5-10 playmaker, having won his first PBA title as a member of the B-Meg Llamados in the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup, was ecstatic and might have gotten a little “too close” for comfort to a drenched Padilla which some people might have taken the wrong way.
Breaking his silence on the issue, the 27-year old point guard explained he had to come out and address his critics, saying his family is silently and unfairly suffering because of the constant ridicule.
"Siyempre masakit para sa amin 'yun ng asawa ko, may anak kami," Barroca told Spin.ph during the team’s victory party last Wednesday night at the San Miguel head office at the Ortigas Center.
"Parang everytime na lang na nasa Finals laging ganoon na lang ang iisipin nila sa akin. 'Yung nagawa ko dati hindi ko naman sadya ‘yun."
They Said It!
“Yung mga tao na nag-iisip sa akin ng hindi maganda, sasabihin ko lang (sa kanila) may takot ako sa Diyos." - Mark Barroca
The Zamboanga native rued that instead of celebrating, he and his wife had become the target of haters who harass them not only online but even in real life.
"Champion ako pero may mga maririnig akong ganoon. Minsan kesa magsaya kami ng asawa ko naiinis na lang kami. Kaya sana tigilan na nila ang mga ganito,” Barroca lamented.
"Yung mga tao na nag-iisip sa akin ng hindi maganda, sasabihin ko lang (sa kanila) may takot ako sa Diyos," he added.
His wife Ruselle has also extensively talked about the issue, saying the issue has become traumatic for her family. [For full story, see Barroca's wife admits furor over 2012 dugout scene a traumatic experience]
The San Mig Coffee playmaker stressed that what happened inside the locker room after the 2012 Governor's Cup championship was not something he intends to repeat nor feels should be repeatedly brought up.
Barroca said he does not appreciate being the butt of jokes of PBA commentators since the "non-issue" is already affecting his family.
"Yung mga taga-AKTV (Center) kinukutya nila ako doon pero yung iba naman napagsabihan ko na. Nag-text ako (sa kanya) sabi ko sana tigilan na nila yung ganito kasi mahirap to para sa pamilya ko," he said.
On the night of the championship, Barroca's wife Ruselle could not help but become emotional outside San Mig's dugout.
"Ayaw ko lang 'yung mga sinasabi nila kay Mark sa AKTV Center, huwag nila pagkatuwaan 'yung tao kasi may pamilya 'yung tao e," she said.