CAGE great Marlou Aquino hopes Adamson won’t take personally his son Matthew's plan to transfer to another school in light of the recent coaching changes that transpired within the Falcons’ camp.
“Eh, natatakot kasi ako na baka magkaroon ng epekto yung paglabas ng story sa pag-uusap namin ng Adamson management,” said Aquino.
Spin.ph broke the news Friday about the young Aquino’s impending withdrawal from the team following the firing of head coach Kenneth Duremdes.
Duremdes and the elder Aquino are close friends and were once teammates with the Falcons in the early 90s. The 6-foot-9 Aquino himself already filed his resignation as Adamson assistant coach last Thursday.
“Actually, dapat internal ang lahat eh. Kaso ayan nga lumabas sa inyo (Spin.ph), kaya panalangin ko huwag naman sana maka-apekto sa hinihingi naming release kay Matt,” said Aquino, who dreads seeing his son suffer the fate as former Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraw Jerie Pingoy who had to sit out two UAAP seasons after failing to secure a release following his transfer to Ateneo.
Under UAAP rules, a player still has to take a one-year residency before being allowed to suit up for his new school even if he is released by his former team.
Aquino admitted his son's plan to transfer was prompted by the recent coaching changes within Adamson. But lest he be misunderstood, Marlou said the Aquinos have nothing against the San Marcelino-based school.
“Hindi kami galit sa school. Syempre, hilaw pa ang anak ko eh. 'Yun nga lang pagpasok niya sa team namin pinilit ko lang kasi andito nga ako at si Kenneth, maaalalayan ko 'yung bata,” he admitted.
“So nung naalis si Kenneth at nag-resign ako (Thursday), kinausap ko nga sila na ipu-pull-out ko na rin si Matt, kaya sana 'wag nila masamain. Gusto ko lang naman gabayan 'yung bata,” he added.
Likewise, Aquinor made it clear he won’t be seeking any coaching position on where school his son is heading.
“Hindi, hindi ako hihingi ng spot. Kaya ko lang naman inaalis si Matt sa Adamson eh may nangyari nga di ba. Hindi ko naman gusto palabasin na binawi ko anak ko kasi aalis kami. Gusto ko lang siyang bigyan ng magandang environment, yung hindi siya tensyunado,” said the big man selected as the top overall pick by Ginebra in the 1996 Draft.
“Syempre, sa nangyari dito magkakaroon ng bagong coach. Eh di posibleng mailang ang anak ko. O mailang yung coach. Kasi siyempre, anak ko. Mga ganun ba,” Aquino added.
The pride of Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan also hopes the development won’t stunt the growth of his son’s career, saying Matt is only after fulfilling his dreams.
“Gusto lang naman niya na sundan o lagpasan ang narating ko. Kaya sana huwag nating hadlangan 'yung pangarap ng bata,” he said.
“Marami pang kailangang matutunan itong bata na ito. Kaya nga, tutok rin talaga ako sa paggabay sa kanya.”
Aquino stressed he has already pulled out Matthew from the Falcons.
“Wala na talaga siya sa team. Yung di niya paglalaro kahapon, yun na yun (inalis ko na siya sa team),” he said.
Asked if his son is indeed, headed to National University, the former Adamson stalwart shook his head.
“Hindi, hindi pa final ang lahat. Pero kinausap ko si coach Eric (Altamirano) at tinanong ko kung may bakante siya kay Matt, pero hanggang dun lang. Wala pang pormalidad ang lahat,” he said.
“Actually, may ibang mga schools rin ang kumakausap sa amin eh. Kaya hindi pa talaga final ang lahat. Wala pa kong sinasara sa iba kasi gusto ko pang maisara ng maayos ang lahat sa Adamson.
“Kung anuman yung nanyaring problema, wala namang kasalanan yung bata. Hindi naman niya kagustuhan ang nangyari.”