Fear the beard? Nope, Compton prefers to love the wife, vows to shave

Feb 7, 2019
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

EXPECT a clean-shaven Alex Compton the next time Alaska sees action in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The Alaska coach said he’s set to shave his full-grown beard on Wednesday night following the Aces’ breakthrough 94-72 win over Columbian Dyip at the Mall of Asia Arena.

It’s not that Compton is a superstitious man. It just so happened that his wife doesn’t like the rugged look he sports nowadays.

“It will last just a few more hours and my wife will shave it off. Ayaw niya, e,” said Compton.

It’s no secret that Compton is going through a difficult phase in his personal life that he had to go back and forth to the US during the off-season to attend to a family matter.

It was during that close to a two-month period that the Alaska coach decided to grow his beard.

“When I went to Wisconsin and somewhere cold, and I’m on vacation, then it’s okay to grow a beard,” he explained. “So I have to go home to do something really important.”

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    After spending the holiday season in the US, Compton briefly came back to the country in time for the league’s first ever Media Day and then returned to Wisconsin.

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    He didn’t arrive in the country again until the eve of the Aces’ game against Rain or Shine last Sunday.

    “So I haven’t had the chance to shave yet when I got back here,” said Compton, who gets a ribbing for looking like Tom Hanks in the critically-acclaimed movie Cast Away.

    But now, he has to.

    “I’ve got to have to. Ayaw ni misis, wala naman akong magagawa,” said a grinning Compton. “I’m shaving. I just love my wife.”

    A new-look Compton could be his advance Valentine’s gift to his wife as Alaska’s next game would not be until Feb. 13 against Blackwater also at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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