A VIRTUAL tug-of-war between Phoenix and Globalport left Jarrid Famous in limbo.
The former Batang Pier import had been set to reinforce the Fuel Masters in the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup when the latter found out that GlobalPort still owned his rights and chose to keep it.
That prompted Phoenix to go for Governors’ Cup import Eugene Phelps instead, while the Batang Pier went for NBA veteran Sean Williams, leaving Famous to look for another team.
“It sucks, man,” Famous said in a recent online chat with SPIN.ph. “Because I play this sport to support my family so any job I am offered or presented with is a blessing and for them to be able to hold me back on a blessing sucks when I gave all I had for them on the court when I did play for the organization.”
“And I love playing in the Philippines,” he added. “I love the country and the fans and the PBA is an awesome league to play in so it makes this situation worse because I would love to be there.”
Batang Pier management has yet to answer messages as of posting time.
“I contacted Global, well, only (team manager) Bonnie (Tan) and didn't get any answers or anything really on why they won't release me,” Famous said.
Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia rued the unfortunate event as he kept the door open for Famous, who last played in the Middle East.
“He left his Dubai job to play for us, but it turned out to be a misunderstanding of the player’s rights ruling,” Vanguardia said.
“Who knows? Global might take him; they got his rights anyway,” he added. “That’s their right and privilege to have a solid backup if ever.”
“He is in New York. He is a pro. Hopefully he gets a job soon and maybe next year he can finally join us,” he added of Famous, although there are recent reports that Famous has signed with Caciques de Humacao in the Puerto Rican league.