TERRENCE Romeo refused to dwell on his much-publicized falling-out with TNT KaTropa, saying he prefers to move on after being traded to San Miguel last month.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since the trade at the end of his first practice with San Miguel on Thursday, Romeo said he would rather not reveal the turn of events that led to him being traded by TNT to San Miguel.
The former Gilas Pilipinas star said he prefers to let his game do the talking as he starts afresh with the Beermen in the 44th season of the PBA.
“Siguro, ‘yung totoo nun, kung sasabihin ko ‘yung totoong dahilan, hahaba lang ‘yung usapan,” said Romeo. But even as he talked vaguely, the flashy guard sounded like he wanted to dispute reports that he purposely went AWOL prior to the trade.
“Magmo-move on na lang ako. Kung ano man ‘yung sinabi nila sa akin, kung ano man ‘yung linabas nila na write-ups about sa nag-AWOL ako, hindi raw ako ma-contact pati nung Christmas party, kung ano man ang sinabi nila.”
“Basta may mga text kasi ako na mga date na ‘yun, rinereplyan nila ako. Kung ganun nila pinalabas, wala na akong magagawa. Pagbubutihan ko lang sa bago kong team,” Romeo continued.
Romeo was formally introduced to the team by board governor Robert Non, who told the Beermen that "he is the most misunderstood player in the league."
Romeo agreed that, for some reason, he seems to be a magnet for controversies.
“Para sa akin, totoo ‘yun. Ang lahat ng tao, lahat ng nakakarinig, nagbabasa ng mga write-ups, ‘yun na lang ‘yung mapapakinggan nila. Hindi nila nakikita ‘yung totoong dahilan, ‘yung mas malalim na dahilan."
Romeo admitted he was saddened by reports that TNT players petitioned for his removal from the team, prompting the trade to the Beermen in exchange for David Semerad, Brian Heruela, and a future first-round draft pick.
“Nasa mundo kami ng sitwasyon na hindi namin hawak. MInsan puwedeng ibang tao ‘yung nagdesisyon sayo, minsan pwedeng teammate mo ‘yung sumira sa 'yo. Basta maraming case na puwedeng maging dahilan. Ang mahirap lang na part ang nakikita nila, ‘yung nababasa nila. Hindi nila alam ang tunay na dahilan,” Romeo said.
Romeo said he harbors no ill feelings toward anyone at TNT, including the players who allegedly moved for his ouster.
“Kay Boss MVP [Manny Pangilinan], wala. Si Boss MVP, napakabait. Wala akong sama ng loob sa TNT. Sa mga players, wala, okay naman lahat. Basta gagawin ko lang ‘yung best ko sa paglalaro ng basketball. Pagbubutihan ko na lang.
"Nasa bagong team na ako. Kung ano man ‘yung bad memories ko sa 2018, kakalimutan ko na lang. Magmo-move on na lang ako,” Romeo said.
When asked what he has learned from the latest incident in a controversy-filled career, Romeo said it is about knowing who his real friends are.
“Siguro ‘yung pinaka-lesson na natutunan ko, ‘yung pipiliin ko lang ‘yung totoo kong kaibigan," he said. "Sa mundo namin, hindi mo agad masasabi kung sino ang totoong tao eh. Yung mga nangyari sa mga last team ko, siguro may mga pagkakamali ako pero kung meron man, hindi naman ganoon ka-grabe para maging ganun ‘yung mangyari.
“Marami rin naman akong kaibigan. I’m sure na kilala nila ako na hindi ganun ‘yung pagkatao ko. Nalalagay lang ako sa sitwasyon na mahirap ispelingin kumbaga, at hindi maintindihan,” he added.