TWO years after, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo finally cleared the air on his contract with the Green Archers.
The enigmatic coach vehemently denied receiving a whopping P9-million, three-year contract from the Taft-based school as per the rumors that went around shortly after his controversial transfer from Letran.
“Nabo-bother ako because of the messages I’ve been receiving about dun sa kontrata ko sa La Salle na P9 million for three years kasi hindi totoo yun. If they can produce a contract na ganun, gusto kong makita,” said Ayo after the Green Archers were dethroned by rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles Sunday, 88-86, in the deciding Game Three of the UAAP Finals.
“Wala akong kontrata na P9 million tapos three years. Lumalabas na ginagawa natin 'to dahil sa pera. I'm doing this because I love basketball, this opportunity, and I just want to win. I have enough, simple lang yung lifestyle ko,” he stressed.
Ayo said the rumors affected his personal life and his other career as a public servant. He is currently a councilor in the first district of his hometown in Sorsogon.
“Politiko akong tao, ung reputation ko nasisira. Pwede bang pakitulungan ako kasi hindi talaga totoo e," he said.
Ayo stated he just recently signed a four-month contract with La Salle from September to December, which basically covers the duration of the UAAP season this year.
Aside from that, Ayo revealed he has a separate agreement with managers handling and supporting La Salle's basketball, but declined to go into detail.
“Yung four months, just for La Salle pero yung mga, don't misinterpret this ah, kasi may agreement kami e," said Ayo, the former Letran player who steered the Knights to the NCAA men's title in 2015.
"Okay nga lang sa akin ang walang kontrata. I trust the bosses, reason that I pointed that out is because yung P9 million, it's unfair to me, my family and my mother. Nakakasira ng reputasyon e.”