FAR EASTERN University has not closed the door on bringing controversial bruiser Arvie Bringas back to the team for the next UAAP season.
Coach Nash Racela said it will be management’s decision on whether it will bring back Bringas, who ran into a lot of trouble during his stint with the Tamaraws last season that easily earned him a ‘bad boy’ reputation.
“Ang alam ko, (management) has not totally closed the door on Arvie,” said Racela. “It’s between him and FEU management.”
Bringas was cut from FEU’s roster after the team missed the Final Four last season, although it was not made clear whether his on-court behavior had something to do with the decision.
The former San Sebastian Staglet was slapped a one-game suspension by both the UAAP and FEU for spitting on the face of Ateneo’s Justin Chua at the height of a highly physical encounter between the reigning champions and the Tamaraws.
The infamous incident was caught by television cameras.
Bringas confirmed FEU had talked to him about the possibility of returning to the team.
“Sabi sa akin ng management, kakausapin na lang nila ako after siguro ng D-League,” said Bringas, who plays for Big Chill.
“Sabi naman, okay naman daw,” added Bringas, when asked about his chances of coming back. “Walang kasiguraduhan. Pero umaasa pa rin ako na makakabalik ako.”
Bringas, who kicked off his D-League Foundation Cup campaign by scoring 19 points in an 86-77 win over four-time defending champion NLEX, said he is determined to show that he deserves to get back his spot at FEU.
“Gusto ko rin ipakita sa FEU na gusto kong bumalik kasi ang pangit ng season ko sa UAAP. Gusto ko talagang ipakita na eto talaga ako,” said Bringas, who still has a year of eligibility left in the UAAP.
Racela said the decision to bring back Bringas will depend on whether he can show he is a changed man and has learned his lesson from the previous year.
“If he can prove he can represent the school better, then maybe, they’ll reconsider,” said Racela.