FORMER GlobalPort coach Glenn Capacio has been accused of assaulting a player and a referee during a tune-up game between University of Santo Tomas and Letran's Team B in Tagaytay.
UST power forward Kent Lao confirmed information reaching Spin.ph that he was punched by Capacio during a commotion on the floor that involved his teammate John Ray Garrido and Capacio's son Gabe.
Lao said he managed to evade the punch of Capacio, who coached Letran's reserves during the game.
“Sinuntok niya ko, buti nakaiwas ako. Akala ko kasi aawat lang siya nung lumapit siya. Buti di ako tinaaman,” said Lao, a third-year power forward with the Tigers under coach Bong De La Cruz.
“Nagulat lang po ako na imbes na umawat siya, siya pa ang parang nagsimula ng gulo,” he added.
Lao said Capacio apparently didn't like the physicality on the floor involving his son and Garrido. Capacio and other Letran members also joined the fray and chased his other teammates during the skirmish, he added.
“Alam ko po si John Ray Garrido, hinabol niya,” he said. “Siguro po dahil involved yung anak niya, baka ayaw nasasaktan. Kaso laro 'yun eh. Normal 'yung ganun eh. Pero di ko alam bakit naging ganun siya.”
Spin.ph tried to contact the coaching staff and management of UST but they were not taking calls.
Lao's claim, however, was contracted by Letran assistant coach Louie Gonzales, who said Capacio only tried to play the role of peace maker during the dust-up.
Gonzales was also present during the tune-up.
“Umaawat lang si coach Glen. Umaawat lang kami dun. Walang suntok na nangyari. Akala lang ng players siguro 'yun, siyempre, nire-release sila. Nami-misinterpret lang siguro, akala siunsuntok,” said Gonzales.
“Hindi naman gagawin ni coach 'yun. Namisinterpret lang yun. Siyempre, aawat tayo. Kailangang i-pacify yung gulo,” he added.
Gonzales said it was only natural for Capacio to rush in because his son was in the middle of the melee.
“Yung anak niya kasi ang kinukuyog kaya tumakbo agad siya sa gitna. Syempre, alam mo naman 'yun, ama pa rin siya. Pero hindi siya nanuntok,” he explained.
Gonzales also denied Capacio attacked a referee.
"Exaggerated naman yung kwento nila," he said.
But Lao rued he disn't expect such a reaction from Capacio, a former two-guard with Purefoods in the PBA who coached GlobalPort and KIA briefly in the pro league and Far Eastern University in the UAAP.
“Nagulat nga kami sa kanya. Ang coach umaawat eh, bakit siya pa ang nangunguna sa gulo?” said Lao. "As a coach, dapat awat ka lang.”