THE University of the East Alumni Association Incorporated (UEAAI) has cried foul over what it believes is the “unfair treatment” the school's players have been getting in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.
In a three-page letter addressed to the UAAP Board of Trustees and commissioner Chito Loyzaga, the UEAAI expressed concern over the successive suspensions slapped on UE players as it called for "justice, fairness, and due process" for the duration of the tournament.
“We wish to draw attention to what appears to be instances of unfair treatment towards the members of the UE Red Warriors men’s basketball team across the ongoing UAAP 76 men’s basketball tournament,” said the UEAAI in the letter.
The UEAAI cited instances of “inequitable treatment” of its players particularly the two-game suspensions slapped by Loyzaga on UE players Charles Mammie and Ralf Olivares.
The alumni association believed Mammie and Olivares were both denied due process when the commissioner handed down the penalties.
Loyzaga slapped Mammie with a two-game suspension for his third unsportsmanlike foul when he entered the landing spot of Far Eastern University’s Terrence Romeo, the decision coming after a video review done by the UAAP Commissioner’s Office.
“And just like that, without giving the parties involved the benefit of due process and, apparently, without consulting the UAAP board’s own technical committee, the commissioner went ahead and meted a two-game suspension upon Mr. Mammie,” said the UEAAI.
Olivares, the UEAAI said, was also denied due process when he was called for unsportsmanlike fouls for stepping on the stomach of National University’s Nico Javelona and elbowing Robin Rono in the face last Saturday.
“While his actions are not inarguable, we respectfully deem it unjust that the young man was dealt by the commissioner with his own two-game suspension sans the benefit of due process,” said the UEAAI.
The UEAAI also believed that other teams had similar offenses but had lighter penalties, and that the penalties on UE players have been a subject of debate by the public.
The UE’s alumni association also believed that the suspensions not only affect the players but also the entire UE community.
“By extension, those suspensions also impact on the athletes’ own fellow UE students and, even further, to UE’s workforce — officialdom, faculty members and other personnel — and, much further, to the university’s numerous alumni,” said the UEAAI.