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    Vargas calls for PBA ethics committee review of Uytengsu statements against league

    Feb 16, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    PBA chairman Ricky Vargas urged Wilfred Steven Uytengsu to raise his complaints about the league to the board following public statements made by the Alaska owner questioning the integrity of the league.

    In a press statement, Vargas said he is bothered by Uytengsu’s statements that were made during the PBA Press Corps Awards Night and a recent ESPN5 interview raising issues such as questionable trades, violations to the salary cap, among others.

    “I am deeply bothered by public statements made by WS Uytengsu (WSU) of Alaska but I leave it to the PBA Ethics Committee to review his remarks, and if necessary, to take appropriate action,” said Vargas.

    Instead of making his comments in public, Vargas said Uytengsu can address the issue through a proper forum by submitting a grievance to the governors and attend board meetings.

    “WSU has questioned the integrity of the PBA by alluding to questionable trades, violations of the rule on salary cap, and control of the affairs of the PBA by two corporate groups, among others. The statements of WSU do not surprise me at all as this has always been his way to ventilate his thoughts in public from the hip. What is proper was for him to discuss his grievance with the PBA Board of Governors where his team is ably represented by a Governor who is now the Vice Chairman of the Board.

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    “There he can formalize his grievance and submit proof to substantiate his claims. No story telling nor hearsay. Making unfounded statements will only be detrimental to the league,” said Vargas.

    Vargas said issues raised by Uytengsu in public have not been raised during board meetings in the PBA. He also called Uytengsu’s statements as “baseless.”

    “Moreover, as far as my term as Chairman is concerned, none of the insinuations made by WSU were ever raised in the PBA Board. We have already hurdled a challenge that divided us in the recent past. We now have a Commissioner who is grounded with his work. Baseless statements will not help us move forward,” Vargas said.

    “I encourage WSU to attend the PBA Board meetings so that he will know first hand what is going on. I also encourage the Ethics Committee to determine if the statements of WSU are indeed detrimental to the PBA, and to take disciplinary action as may be provided in our rules,” Vargas said.

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