RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao has cried foul over comments made on television by former player and now PBA analyst Ali Peek which he claimed constantly put him in a negative light.
Guiao made his feelings known to league officials on Sunday night after the latest incident where he felt Peek "unfairly and unnecessarily injected my name into a situation I have nothing to do with and imputing malice" while working the Alaska-Barako Bull game on television with fellow broadcaster Magoo Marjon.
The outspoken Rain or Shine coach pointed to one moment in the match when Peek made comments from the broadcast panel after Barako Bull's Leo Najorda was called for a flagrant foul against Alaska import Henry Walker while Mick Pennisi tried to keep the situation from getting out of hand.
Both Pennisi and Najorda had played for Guiao in the past.
When Marjon expressed surprise that Pennisi was one of the players acting as peacemakers during the commotion, Peek commented, "Mick Pennisi, when he was playing for Red Bull and for Yeng Guiao, he was usually one of the guys delivering the hard fouls and the cheap shots."
Guiao didn't like what he felt Peek tried to impute with his comments, saying, "It was totally unnecessary to inject my name into something that I have nothing to do with and impute malice."
"I hope he exercises more responsibility when he's speaking on television," the multi-titled coach told Spin.ph.
Apparently, it wasn't the first time that Guiao felt Peek, who moved to the broadcast booth this season after ending an accomplished career in the pro league, made comments on television that painted him in a bad light.
"Before, (Peek's comments) were more subtle ... now it has become more flagrant," he said.
"If Peek was implying that he orders players to make dirty plays and take cheap shots at opposing players during games, then he is very wrong, Guiao insisted.
"I ask my players to play hard and play tough defense, but not dirty," the former Coach of the Year awardee said. "So what he's implying is unfair to me and unfair to the players who played or are playing for me."
Guiao continued: "Look, I've been coaching for 22 years and I've had my share of criticism, but I don't go around reacting to criticism. I also take responsibility for my actions during games and submit myself to the consequences."
By speaking out, Guiao said he hopes Peek would exercise more responsibility in his new role as a TV analyst.
Peek was unavailable for comment at posting time.
Like Peek, Guiao also served as game analyst during the time when Vintage Enterprises was still the official coveror of the PBA games.
To view video of the Najorda flagrant foul and hear Ali Peek's comments, go to this link: http://n5e.interaksyon.com/videos/0EBAC65ECFE0417/flagrant-foul-henry-walker-vs-leo-najorda