Pocari Sweat keeps mum on 'falling-out' that led to Michele Gumabao departure
Michele Gumabao blamed differences with team management for her decision to leave Pocari Sweat. Jerome Ascano

POCARI Sweat management chose to keep mum rather than respond to the misunderstandings with Michele Gumabao that the former skipper blame for her departure from the squad.

Team manager Anthony Ty said on Wednesday that an official statement would be released soon, but he could not be reached as of posting time.

A source even revealed to SPIN.ph that Pocari Sweat management would no longer be releasing a statement on the matter between them and Gumabao.

"'Di na daw sila maglalabas," said the source.

On Tuesday, Gumabao was reported to be on the way out of Pocari Sweat after she didn’t appear in the team's first practice of the year on Monday. Speculations then arose on possible reasons behind her exit from the team she led to two titles in their first season in the Shakey’s V-League.

[See Gumabao airs side on Pocari Sweat exit]

The former La Salle star confirmed the news on Wednesday and noted that irreconcilable differences between her and team officials led her to decide not to renew her contract with the team, debunking rumors that jealousy with former teammate Myla Pablo’s multi-million contract renewal and the brand-new car as signing bonus played a part in her decision.

“Nagka-problem ako with our team manager and we talked it out and hindi namin na solusyunan. Umakyat ako sa mga boss, akala ko nasolusyunan and in the end their promises meant nothing for me so I had to leave,” she said in an earlier interview.

“I’m happy for Myla. She worked hard for whatever she signed for. I love her as a teammate, as a friend and as a sister so hindi ako magseselos kung binigay sa kanya ‘yun. Even before Myla signed a contract, nagkakaproblema na kami (ng management),” added Gumabao, who noted that she’s looking for a new team and open to entertaining offers.

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