GLEN Capacio said allegations he punched a University of Santo Tomas player during commotion involving his son in a recent tune-up game in Tagaytay City are not true, insisting he only acted as a peacemaker during the fracas.
Currently a consultant with the Letran Knights, Capacio told Spin.ph he didn’t punch anyone during the dust-up which he said started when John Ray Garrido of UST punched his son Gabe Capacio of Letran in a tune-up game held Wednesday at the Tagaytay Highlands.
Recalling the incident, the elder Capacio said Garrido's punch on his son happened right in front of the Letran bench.
“Napipikon sila sa physicality ng laro. Ang ginawa nila, pinagtitira nila ‘yung anak ko. Pumutok ‘yung labi. Nandoon pa ako sa harap ng bench,” said Capacio.
“Kung sira ulo na magulang ako, baka doon pa lang baka pinukpok ko na sa ulo ‘yung bata. Pero ako, hindi, kasi laro lang naman ‘yun,” the many-time PBA All Defensive team member added. contesting the claim made by UST player Kent Lao to Spin.ph.
Following a brief stoppage of play, the game resumed where the younger Capacio retaliated. It was at that time when UST players mobbed Gabe and punched him again, the elder Capacio claimed.
Glen said it was during the time when he finally stepped in to separate both sides by pushing UST players, including Lao, away from his son.
The former GlobalPort head coach, however, made it clear he didn’t punch anyone when he stepped in. He also added it was his instinct as coach and father that prompted him to push away players who were going after his son.
“Kinuyog nila ‘yung anak ko. Siyempre ako, magulang. Hindi na nga magulang eh, as a coach, siyempre namagitan ako dahil pinagsusuntok nila ‘yung anak ko,” said Capacio.
“Rumble na eh. Siyempre, kahit sino na ‘yung lumapit sa anak ko, tinutulak ko. Pero ang lumalabas pa, sinuntok ko daw. Tinutulak ko sila,” he added.
Capacio also admitted he pushed a man in a yellow shirt, who turned out to be a referee. But he clarified he didn’t punched the game official.
“’Yung nakadilaw, napagkamalan kong taga-UST, sumusugod e. Pinipigilan ko pa nga siya kasi instinct ko dahil tumatakbo sa anak ko,” he said.
“Sabi nga nung referee na ‘yun, dinibdiban ko daw. Siyempre malakas ‘yung tulak ko kasi instinct ko eh dahil pinagtutulungan nila.
“Instinct ng magulang o kahit coach kasi kinuyog ‘yung side namin. Siyempre, poproteksyunan ko dahil pinagsusuntok nila anak ko. Ang lumalabas pa, ako ang masama,” said Capacio.
Glen, however, said it was unfortunate that his actions were misinterpreted by the UST camp as a punch.
“Tinutulak ko. Kung sinuntok ko, namaga na. Tinutulak ko talaga sila kasi binabanatan na nila. Siguro ‘yung hawi ko, napagkamalan nilang suntok. Siyempre, na-misinterpret,” said Capacio.
Letran coach Aldin Ayo also attested Capacio, or anyone from the Letran side, didn’t throw a punch. The rookie mentor also defended Capacio, saying he is not the kind of person who will do such a thing.
“Naawa ako kay coach Glen. Hindi naman ganun ang pagkatao niya. Mabait na tao ‘yan,” he said.
Ayo, who coached the Knights during the tune-up game, said the younger Capacio was punched during the game. He added the match was physical but not to the point where a punch was warranted.
“Both sides naman nagkatamaan. Pero sila ‘yung nanuntok. Putok ‘yung labi ni Gabe. Sa totoo lang, ang agrabyado doon, ‘yung anak ni coach Glen. Umaawat lang naman si coach Glen pero hindi lang naman dahil anak niya kasi umawat din ako,” said Ayo.
The Letran coach said he was saddened that Letran was put in a bad light after agreeing to play the tune-up match even though the Knights are in the middle of the NCAA season.
“Pinagbigyan na nga namin na makipag-tune-up kahit season na namin. Sila ‘yung nag-umpisa’t, hinabol ‘yung mga players tapos sila pa ‘yung may gana na lumabas pa na binaligtad ‘yung storya. Naawa ako kay coach Glen,” said Ayo.
Ayo said he will speak to Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo on what action the school has to take following the dust-up.