THE team owner has spoken. And Walter Sharpe's days with Globalport are over.
Globalport on Tuesday expelled Sharpe from the club for what owner Mikee Romero said was "an act unbecoming of a professional basketball player" after a photo of the import sleeping in a parking lot infront of a row of bars in Pasig City was posted on Spin.ph.
“Any player, whether a local or an import should be a good role model for the Filipinos and most especially our youth,” said Romero in a statement issued shortly after his management team met with Sharpe.
“Walter Sharpe who has a live contract should have been more responsible for his actions,” added Romero, who already told Spin.ph about his plans a few hours before Globalport management and coaching staff meted the sanction.
“His (Sharpe) services are terminated immediately for conduct unbecoming of a professional basketball player,” the youthful team owner said.
A Spin.ph source bared that Sharpe only had two bottles of beer on that fateful night out with a group of teammates, who are now also facing sanctions from the ballclub pending an investigation.
Sharpe, who has played two games - both losses - with Globalport after replacing Justin Williams, has also been summoned to appear before Commissioner Chito Salud on Wednesday.
Globalport manager BJ Manalo also expressed disappointment over the incident, but supported his boss’ decision to protect the integrity and reputation of the team and the league as a whole.
“We are saddened by the reports of the incident the other night after a tough loss. Rest assured that our organization will sanction the people involved because we believe that we have a responsibility to the PBA and fans of the league,” said Manalo in his text message.
“Globalport will not tolerate actions of any local or foreign players who destroys the integrity of both our company and that of the PBA,” added the former De La Salle Green Archer.