SURPRISE and grief engulfed the PBA family on Sunday following the stabbing incident involving Alaska rookie Jeron Teng, Rain or Shine sophomore big man Norbert Torres, and free agent Thomas Torres in a Bonifacio Global City parking lot.
From Commissioner Willie Marcial to TnT Katropa team manager Virgil Villavincencio, just about everyone around the league expressed shock upon learning of the fate suffered by the three in a melee with a group of men at dawn of Sunday.
“Natanggap ko yung balita early Sunday morning. Siyempre nagulat ka na bakit nauwi sa ganun yung insidente,” said Marcial just before the Commissioner’s Cup game between the Katropa and the NLEX Road Warriors at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Villavicencio, who like the three players, is also an alumnus of De La Salle, said: “Nagulat ako, considering I just saw Jeron on TV on Saturday playing against Globalport."
Rain or Shine team owner Raymund Yu was also stunned by what happened as Torres played considerable minutes in the Elasto Painters’ 99-96 overtime victory over the Magnolia Hotshots just prior to the incident.
“Yes,” he said without further elaborating when asked if he was stunned by the sudden turn of events.
Yu said Torres, who suffered a long stab wound in his arm that needed 14 stitches to close, could likely miss a week – or more – of playing, as told to him by coach Caloy Garcia.
Alaska management meanwhile, has deferred making an official statement until getting the official police report.
“Once we get full details of the incident, then we will send you all a statement,” said Aces team manager Dickie Bachmann.
Marcial said the league will definitely try to assist the three. The commissioner personally visited Teng and the Thomases at the St. Lukes hospital in Taguig just before proceeding to the MOA Arena.
“Puro serious physical injuries yung natamo nila,” he said. “Yung kay Norbert lang ang medyo hindi malalim dahil sa braso lang siya, pero mahaba yung saksak.”
Teng suffered three stab wounds on the back, while Torres also had three stab wounds in different parts of his body.
“Yung kay Torres (Thomas) may tama yata siya tagiliran, tsaka meron din siya sa mga braso,” said Marcial.
He added, “We’re all praying for their speedy recovery.”