FOR going berserk after being robbed of US$1,400 (around P60,000) by three prostitutes, former Rain or Shine import Jamelle Cornley may end up paying almost twice more for damages.
That does not include bail and a possible settlement with a police he knocked out cold.
An official of Sir William's Hotel in Quezon City said the establishment is seeking P40,000 for damages to property after Cornley flew into a rage, allegedly because no official came to help him after the theft.
The owner of the bar inside the hotel is also asking Cornley to replace a glass door worth P50,000 which the import allegedly smashed.
Among the properties allegedly damaged in the hotel were a computer, vases, figurines, and the granite flooring.
Here's a video showing the detained import being visited by teammates Gabe Norwood and Jireh Ibanez, and lawyers sent by Rain or Shine, as well as interviews with police officials and representatives of the hotel:
There is also the P200,000 bail bond to worry about, as well as the possible settlement that may be sought by a policeman he punched while resisting arrest at the hotel.
When Spin.ph went to the Quezon City police station where he was detained, Cornley was bent more on recovering his money than getting out of jail.
“I don’t care if I stay here for the next three days, so long as I get my money back,” a source quoted Cornley as saying to his lawyer Lino Dumas.
“That’s my money. I worked hard for it. I wake up early morning to practice to earn it,” added the import, who has been tapped as a practice player by Rain or Shine after recovering from a knee injury.
The frustrated Cornley said he is going to use the money to pay for a friend who booked his flight back to the US on Sunday and other debts that he said he doesn’t want to leave behind.
The 6-foot-5 forward suffered an ACL tear and underwent surgery in the country shortly after leading the Painters to the Governors Cup championship last December.
He’s still undergoing rehab and would have been ready for another tour of duty with Rain or Shine for the season-ending conference set August 14.
An inquest was set Wednesday afternoon, where Dumas hopes that a resolution can be reached thereafter so they can file for a corresponding bailbond.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed and we are doing our best to bail him out,” said Dumas.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Marcelino Pedrozo, station commander of the QCPD Station 10, said the Cornley incident highlighted the need to arm the police with stun guns.
According to reports, it took more than a dozen police officers to haul Cornley to jail.
“Kailangan na talaga namin ng stun gun, kasi andami ko nang tauhan ang kumakapit at pumipigil sa higanteng yan... ang lakas eh,” said Pedrozo.