Mounting complaints from former KIA players heighten calls for revival of players' union
Jay-R Buensuceso claims he was promised by Kia management last July that he will be signed to a fresh one-year deal only for the squad to change its mind a month later. PBA Images/ Nuki Sabio

JAY-R Buensuceso bared he was led to believe that he has a 'gentleman's agreement' with KIA/ Mahindra management for a new contract, only to be dropped at the end of his old contract.

That was the latest complaint to emerge from the second-year PBA ballclub that has sparked calls for the revival of the players' association, in the hope of having an entity to back players in such predicament.

“It would be nice to protect our interest. That’s what I’m pushing for,” said Buensuceso.

Buensuceso claimed he was promised by Kia management last July that he will be signed to a fresh one-year deal only for the squad to change its mind a month later.

“There was a gentleman’s agreement or verbal agreement tapos may tender offer pa. Then, in August, I noticed all my teammates were signing contracts. I kept thinking that maybe tomorrow I will sign. 

“After the draft, I met with KIA officials and they gave me the bad news that they decided to go in a different direction."

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After being dropped, Buensuceso also claimed he was told by KIA management to report to NLEX practice which he did, only to be told that there was no prior arrangement between the two teams.

“I told to myself that all is not lost. May chance pa ako. But no one from NLEX contacted me. I messaged a coach who was a family friend of mine who is with NLEX tapos nagulat siya na sabi daw the team had no word that I was coming in,” said Buensuceso.

Buencuseco nevertheless attended NLEX practices in hopes of landing a spot.

“The NLEX organization was very accommodating. They told me the truth that right now, they are over in cap but they told me to practice just to see. I practiced with NLEX for about a week and a half and coach told me sorry, wala talagang chance,” said Buencuseco.

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Buencuseco said his resources are running dry because of the impasse.

“Half of my sweldo goes to the United States. I support my mother and father. I’m the only child. I just had a new baby girl and I have an eight-year-old at home. I’m making the more than most people do in the PBA but I’m supporting my family and kids,” said Buensuceso.

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