"I AM the victim here."
In an interview with Spin.ph from his jail cell, former Rain or Shine import Jamelle Cornley claimed he went on a rage at a hotel in Quezon City because employees and police officers didn't even show concern after he was robbed by three prostitutes of US$1,400 and other important documents.
“I was there asking for help and the officials of the hotel were not even paying attention, they were absolutely doing nothing,” said the Penn State-educated cager.
“What do you do when you lost US$1400 and then those who should be helping you show not a single concern … You get mad of course,” he added.
The Columbus, Ohio native claimed three girls he picked up from a KTV joint stole his money from a pouch bag he had hidden under the pillow while he was in the comfort room.
“I know they stole because I just paid them a hundred dollars, then I kept the bag under the pillow," said Cornley, who had already sent home the three women when he realized he had been robbed.
"When I was leaving the room, I noticed (my pouch bag) was gone."
Cornley, named best import when Rain or Shine won the first championship in franchise history in last season's PBA Governors Cup, is currently detained at the Quezon City District Police Station 10 in Kamuning and facing a battery of charges after clashing with responding policemen.
As for how he got into trouble with lawmen, the hulking import explained that the police officers tried to apprehend him even if he was the victim.
“I told them, ‘I am OK, please don’t touch me.' But they still insisted, they were holding my hand and my legs, trying to grab me," he said.
"I am the victim here. I was the one who lost valuables, why do they have to pin me down?”