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    Kevin Alas slams Phoenix over treatment of employees after dad's firing

    Sep 11, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    PBA player Kevin Alas hit out at Phoenix Super LPG management after dad Louie's firing, accusing the ballclub of failing to defend suspended star Calvin Abueva and of treating its employees "as if they're disposable."

    The fit-again NLEX guard took to Facebook to air his sentiment after the ballclub owned by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy announced on Friday that it was terminating the contract of the elder Alas as head coach.

    The Fuel Masters appointed longtime Alas assistant Topex Robinson as head coach in an interim capacity.

    Alas, 56, was a month short of completing his three-year contract with the team. Before his firing he was suspended for 15 days by the team for breaking health protocols during the Fuel Masters' return to training last week.

    Sources said 'differences with management' led to the parting of ways.

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    The young Alas reshared SPIN.ph's story on his dad's firing then went on the offensive, slamming the team for failing to defend Calvin Abueva after his suspension and accusing it of not renewing some players during the pandemic.

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    "You did not defend your suspended player, then you do not renew several of your players this year," the newly married NLEX guard wrote. "Some just can't speak up because of course, they're thinking of their families."

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    Alas did not name names, but SPIN.ph sources said among those left unsigned by the team during the long league break were RR Garcia, Davon Potts, and Jaypee Mendoza.

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    Alas, who just days ago signed a three-year extension with NLEX, said he considers himself lucky to be playing for a ballclub that 'treats me with love and respect.'

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      "I understand that this is a business but man, don't expect to win if that's how you treat your employees - as if they are disposable," he said. "Really blessed that I play under an organization that treats me with love and respect."

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