THE gap between GlobalPort and Terrence Romeo appears to widen on Monday with news that the team's biggest star wasn't informed about the start of practice for the next PBA conference.
Romeo's camp claimed the flamboyant guard missed GlobalPort's first practice since being ousted from the PBA Philippine Cup simply because he wasn't informed about it.
The former Far Eastern University star, his handlers said, belatedly learned about Monday's practice at the Green Meadows Gym from a story ran by the Philippine Star on Sunday with a headline, 'Will Romeo attend practice?'
Romeo, his camp said, was left both 'confused and surprised' by the development.
Sought for comment, GlobalPort governor Erick Arejola was quick to play down the incident, saying Monday's practice session was 'only for bench players.'
Arejola said official team practice doesn't start until Wednesday.
Still, the mix-up shouldn't help ease the tension in the GlobalPort camp created by a shouting match between Romeo and coach Pido Jarencio during a loss to Magnolia last March 6 that ended the Batang Pier's playoff run in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Although the two were quick to play down the incident, the situation only became more tense with subsequent confirmation that GlobalPort had tried to trade Romeo and Bradwyn Guinto to TNT KaTropa for Mo Tautuaa and Alfrancis Tamsi.
PBA officials admitted the trade was rejected by a league committee because it was 'disadvantageous' for GlobalPort.