TALK `N Text understandably took with a grain of salt the decision of the PBA not to suspend Alaska’s Cyrus Baguio for Game 4 of the Philippine Cup semifinals.
Team manager Aboy Castro said the non-suspension of Baguio was “not fair” considering the damage done on Tropang Texters ace point guard Jayson Castro, whom the Aces star hit hard with a forearm on the face in Wednesday night’s Game 3.
“If Jayson doesn’t play in Game 4, minus one agad kami. That (Baguio’s non-suspension) doesn’t seem fair especially since inamin na nga ni Baguio na hard foul yung binigay niya,” Castro related to Spin.ph shortly after commissioner Chito Salud handed out the decision to fine Baguio for P30,000, but was spared of any suspension.
“At inamin niya (Baguio) din na wala na siyang tsansa na abutan ang bola...In other words, it’s like saying, he can get away with that.”
The Talk `N Text team manager admitted Castro is still a bit daze at the moment and experiencing some pain on his nape and face following that incident with Baguio in the middle part of the final quarter.
Castro said he hopes the pro league will revisit its position on protecting the players’ welfare, saying the decision not to suspend Baguio speaks otherwise.
“Maybe we have to rethink our position in terms of looking for the safety of all our players. But that’s the commissioner’s decision. When we receive the news, they (Commissioner’s Office) told us the decision is final.
“But I also told them straight that we need to review the policy. Those kinds of actions have no place in the league...Para sa amin, the right call is suspension ,” explained Castro, who used to serve as one of Talk ‘N Text’s assistant coaches before joining the team’s front office.
He also agreed with Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio’s earlier statement that Alaska’s energetic rookie Calvin Abueva is a “flopper”.
“The offensive foul on Harvey Carey, that’s Calvin Abueva flopping. Tama nga yung sabi ni Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio na nagpa-flop iyan si Abueva. What he (Abueva) did, in any league would have been a flop,” he added.