INJURED San Mig forward Allein Maliksi denied ever knowing personally the alleged ticket scalper accused of buying UAAP Finals tickets from a Smart-Araneta Coliseum employee in a photo that made the rounds of social networking sites on Thursday.
The 6-foot-4 Maliksi said he just saw the photo collage of the alleged scalper later identified as Kyle Cruz photographed transacting with the Big Dome employee, only on Friday night when he was tweeted by Spin.ph columnist and PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
“Kanina (Friday night) ko lang nabasa (Spin.ph article on ticket scalping). Si sir Fidel Mangonon ang nag-tweet sa akin. Saka `yung tao kasi na `yun (man in blue polo), nakikita ko sa practice,” Maliksi, , currently recuperating from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear on his left knee, told Spin.ph.
“Iyun lagi suot niya blue polo shirt (with a San Mig Coffee logo), pero di ko naman kinakausap at di ko rin alam pangalan niya,” he added.
According to a reader who posted a comment on Spin.ph, the alleged scalper was dropping the name of Maliksi while selling tickets outside the Big Dome on Thursday afternoon.
This developed as Reena del Mundo, who handles the marketing side of San Mig Coffee/B-Meg products, also said the alleged scalper is merely “using the names of the players.”
“He is not connected to Allein Maliksi nor to any of the staff and players of San Mig Coffee. He is just using the names of the players.
He is not connected in any way whatsoever with San Mig Coffee. Thanks,” del Mundo said.
Maliksi, the former University of Santo Tomas athletic wing man, said the scalper is not his assistant, nor did he ask the person to buy for him tickets for Game Two of the UAAP Finals between La Salle and UST set for Saturday.
The sophomore forward though admitted being familiar with the face of the person having encountered him several times in the past.
"Kapag pumupunta ako ng kotse ko, sinasabi niya, ‘kuya Allein, tulungan na kitang buhatin yung bag mo.’ Nung na-injured din ako, sinasabi niya, ‘Kuya, tulungan na kita.’ Kaya nagulat ako.
“Saka bakit sasabihin niya na nagpapabili ako ng tickets, eh puwede naman ako dumirekta sa staff namin (San Mig), sa kanila na ako magpa-pa-order or dumiretso na ako sa UST,” explained the 26-year-old Maliksi, the maiden MVP of the PBA D-League.