UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Boy Sablan claimed he still enjoys the all-out support of his players despite the 'pay-for-play' claims made against him by former player Embons Bonleon.
Sablan has come under fire following claims made by Bonleon, in explaining his decision to leave the team in an interview with Rappler, that some players pay to get more playing time under Sablan’s watch.
Sablan, however, insisted he still has the support of the players in the current roster despite a disappointing campaign so far in the Filoil preseason tournament.
“Natatalo ‘yung team ko ngayon. Mababa ang morale nila ngayon. (Pero) ngayon ko lang nalaman na mahal ako ng mga player ko,” said Sablan on Thursday.
Sablan also took exception to reports that he just took a rest at home after he missed games in the Filoil tournament, saying that he underwent surgery in his gall bladder.
“Nakakalungkot lang kasi ‘yung mga sinasabing resting lang daw ako sa bahay, paano ako magre-rest eh na-operahan ako,” said Sablan.
Sablan said he would rather not dignify Bonleon’s claims.
“Wala akong comment sa kanila. Ako ay nagpapagaling. Galing ako sa operasyon. ‘Yung mga sinasabi nila, in due time, lalabas lahat ‘yung katotohanan diyan kung sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo,” said Sablan.
“Basta ako, God bless all of them. ‘Yun ang gusto kong sabihin sa kanila. May they be able to find peace sa kanila. Alam na alam ng nasa Itaas kung ano ang nangyayari sa akin, kung ano nasa puso ko at isipan ko, para sa UST,” said Sablan.
The former UST player said gall bladder surgery kept him from coaching the squad in the middle of May. He returned to coach in his second game back in a loss to Letran on Wednesday.
“May 10, dun nagsimula ‘yung pain. After that, May 11, may pain pa rin, hindi nakuha sa gamot. Next day, pumunta na ako sa UST. Namaga ‘yung gall bladder ko. Walang stones pero dumikit sa liver. Kailangan tanggalin,” said Sablan.
“Ang haba kita mo naman,” said Sablan, showing the post-surgery scar in his stomach area. “That’s four inches. Kailangan lakihan ng surgeon. Lumabas ako (ng hospital) the week after.”
Sablan claimed he is now back in the pink of health but still limiting himself with his movements. He is mostly seen sitting down on the bench since his return.
“Okay naman na ako. Nakakapunta na ako sa practice. Hindi lang ako maka-sigaw, pero ‘yung instructions, I see to it na nabibigay ko sa lahat ng mga assistant ko. Nagagawa naman,” said Sablan.