A DAY after Easter, controversial import Jamelle Cornley hopes to get a new lease on life.
Rain or Shine management is optimistic the 6-foot-6 wingman will finally be released from jail on Monday as the charges filed against him after he went berserk on Wednesday are being settled one by one.
Team manager Boy Lapid disclosed to Spin.ph that the franchise was able to come to terms with management of the Sir William’s Hotel after settling damages amounting to P90,000.
Cornley reportedly smashed computers, vases, titles, and a glass door after losing his cool for what he deemed was the lack of concern on the part of hotel management after he lost US$1,400 to three prostitutes during his stay at the Quezon City inn.
At the height of his outburst, Cornley also knocked out a police officer later identified as Anselmo Lazatin.
But Lapid bared that Rain or Shine had also reached a settlement with the police official.
“Ok na rin `yung pulis, naipaliwanag na naming mabuti. Naintindihan naman niya,” said the ever amiable Rain or Shine team manager, who extended his profound gratitude to both the management of the Sir Williams Hotel and officers of the Quezon City Police District.
Cornley spent the Holy Week break at the Camp Karingal jail as a throng of policemen had a hard time pacifying him during his meltdown.
During his inquest last Wednesday, a Quezon city judge already cleared Cornley of three of the five cases initially charged against him by the police.
“Dahil sa binigyan kami ng affidavit of desistance nung Sir William’s Hotel, saka nagka-sundo na kami ng police, pinatawad na siya (Cornley) sa malicious mischief, alarm and scandal, at direct assault,” bared Lapid.
The only remaining cases that have yet to be cleared include disrespect of police authorities and resisting arrest.
But Lapid is hopeful everything will be settled once office resumes on Monday.
“Sana maayos na lahat. Ilang araw na rin akong stressed. Nung Wednesday nga gabing gabi na ako nag-tanghalian,” revealed Lapid, who once handled the coaching reigns of the franchise owned by Raymund Yu and Terry Que during its early days in the defunct Philippine Basketball League.