ADAMSON-Akari head coach Air Padda has cleared the air on a video showing her throwing the ball at one of her players during the Lady Falcons’ five-set loss to Ateneo-Motolite in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference last Sunday at the Arena in San Juan City.
A video of Padda throwing the ball at Krich Macaslang after the Adamson spiker didn't even bother to make an effort to keep alive a dig by teammate Bern Flora has gone viral on social media and fans have largely divided in their reaction.
Padda, however, was quick to assure that she "didn't mean anything rude" about the "gentle' throw, which she said was only meant to "wake up" her player.
“Wow that’s funny. I didn’t mean anything rude by it,” Padda told Spin.ph. “Krich knows she needs to work on her defense. That’s a weakness of hers. We work on it in training but it still hasn’t clicked. That was like the third time during the game that a fairly easy ball that was hit down the line, went by her.”
The throw wasn't hard at all, the American coach said.
“Me throwing that ball at her — gently because it wasn’t hard at all — was to wake her up. I do that in training sometimes when my players appear to be asleep or slow moving. It’s just a reminder between me and them,” she said.
“Krich should have dug that line ball but instead, she chose to watch it go past her, leaving Flora to not only cover her responsibilities on the court, but also Krich’s. That’s why I threw the ball to wake her up.”
Padda admitted she sometimes forgets that she’s in front of the camera.
"Sometimes I get so caught up in the game I forget that we are live. I get so into what I’m doing. I forget there’s a crowd and cameras, which I feel is a good thing for my players. They need consistency from me. They know what to expect from me.
"Hopefully this explanation helped. I truly am sorry if I offended anyone. It was never my intention. My players and I have a very good relationship to where we can have things like this happen and they can see the lesson behind it, and laugh it off, too."