THE father of Hubert Cani has denied that the Ateneo guard is looking to move to another school because of his lack of playing opportunities in his first season in with the Blue Eagles in the UAAP as Spin.ph has reported.
In an e-mail to a few mediamen on Thursday night, Jonjon Cani, father of the Ateneo point guard, said they are “in shock” to read the report that they are looking to leave the Blue Eagles' nest.
The elder Cani admitted his son’s morale and self-esteem is “down” due to lack of playing time, but insisted the family recognize that Blue Eagles' guard rotation has been effective in a winning run that has seen the team gain a place in the Final Four.
Jonjon also said that his son has also been getting a lot of support and motivation from Ateneo coach Bo Perasol and even members of the Ateneo community including Blue Eagles star Kiefer Ravena’s mother Mozzy all season long, which he said they are very grateful for.
Spin.ph sources, however, stood by the veracity of the report.
The elder Cani also apologized for the furor the report may have created within the Ateneo community, hinting someone is out to create a distraction once again for a team rocked by off-court incidents John Apacible and Chibueze Ikeh.
Jonjon also reiterated they are grateful to Ateneo for giving his son a chance to play for the team, saying that they are “lucky” and “blessed” that his son is being treated well.
Here is Cani’s statement in full.
“For those people who were able to read the write-up concerning my son Hubert Cani, we are quite ashamed of what transpired. We don’t have bigger heads now that we are with Ateneo since we owe the school a lot. We are lucky and blessed since they have been treating our son very well.
“During this current UAAP season, we have been in constant communication with Sir Rick Olivares and Coach Bo Perasol who both continue to motivate and guide our son. Yes, our son’s morale and self-esteemed is currently down and playing time is down. For the first four games, we really felt bad but we realized that the guard rotation has been effective enough to win games and we were honestly happy and supportive with how things are as part of the team.”
“With this issue, stories being passed up from one person may have changed and was misquoted. We were able to adapt to the current situation given the support by other co-parents such as Ms. Mozzy Ravena. After the game last Sunday against La Salle, she even gave us an inspirational message wherein she mentioned that she supports our son and to be patient with the minutes we are aspiring which we are all able to accept even prior to the said game.”
“I’m making this statement since we are in shock why this write up came out. Maybe to create road bumps in the swift system that Ateneo is running. Sad part is that we were targeted and used to destroy the current momentum that the team has.”
“Again I am really sorry for this confusion. Let us continue to support Team Ateneo.”
“One Big Fight.”