A DE La Salle supporter has vowed to voluntarily stop going to UAAP men’s basketball game this season after his taunt at Ateneo coach Bo Perasol on Sunday nearly triggered a fracas in Sunday’s game between the two archrivals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
In a letter to the UAAP board, De La Salle representative Henry Atayde said he was assured by his cousin JJ Atayde that he will no longer watch any UAAP games at venues this season following his actions that marred the end of the Archers' win over the Blue Eagles.
JJ Atayde admitted he heckled Perasol while the Ateneo coach was on his way to the dugout by shouting, “Perasol, salamat sa pagpapanalo mo sa amin.”
That angered Perasol who attempted to charge at Atayde by crossing over to the patron section only to be pacified by security and his coaching staff. (For full story, see Perasol figures in spat with fan, insists La Salle heckler overstepped boundaries)
“It pains me to see such a beautiful game tainted by events that is beyond our control,” Henry Atayde said in his letter. “Especially when a relative of mine is being singled out from the stands where all other patron ticket holders were also guilty of the same doing and some even worse.
“He (JJ Atayde) has assured me that he will voluntarily avoid watching the games at the playing venues at least for this season. I trust that this gesture will be acceptable to the board,” he added.
JJ Atayde has since apologized for his actions in an interview with news site Rappler and in a live television interview with ABS-CBN’s TJ Manotoc on Monday morning. He had also expressed his intention to apologize to Perasol.
For his part, Perasol has also apologized to Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin and team benefactor Manny V. Pangilinan for his ‘un-Atenean-like behavior’ through a letter. (For full story, see Perasol says sorry to Ateneo president, MVP for his 'un-Atenean-like' behavior)
As for possible sanctions to Perasol for his spat with a fan, Henry Atayde said he is leaving that decision to the UAAP board.
“As to the overall behavior of Mr. Perasol, this is another matter and I leave it to the judgement of the commissioner and the board for any actions, if needed,” said Henry Atayde.
UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga said that he will not wade into the issue since it happened off the court, leaving it to team and league officials to take whatever action they deem appropriate against Perasol. (For full story, see Hands-off approach)