by Jonas Terrado
While action on the basketball court has mostly been spell-binding, off the court, the UAAP league faces so many distractions that focus is directed elsewhere, sometimes affecting what has been one of the most exciting basketball tournaments in years.
The latest furor involved the near-confrontation between Ateneo coach Bo Perasol and a die-hard La Salle fan at the end of the tumultuous game between the two schools last Sunday.
Perasol was on his way to the dugout when his attention was caught by a fan related to a high-ranking La Salle sports official who reportedly shouted at him and “thanked” him for allowing La Salle to win.
Perasol tried to confront the fan but was held back by officials and security personnel.
The incident will be discussed by the UAAP board in an emergency meeting today where members will decide whether sanctions will be imposed on Perasol and the La Salle fan identified as JJ Atayde.
There has been precedent where fans has been banned from UAAP games for abusive behavior.
“Maybe we will issue a reminder for them not to do that again but as far as sanctions are concerned wala pa, we will discuss pa,” said Malou Isip of host Adamson during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate branch.
The commotion is the latest that has hit the league,.
Commissioner Chito Loyzaga recently handed a series of suspensions on University of the East’s Charles Mammie, Ralf Olivares and Lord Casajeros for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Mammie, a consistent double-double performer, and Olivares were each slapped a two-game suspension while defender Lord Casajeros served a one-game ban in Saturday’s 81-73 loss to National University.
Loyzaga’s whipcracking has drawn the ire of UE students and its alumni association, which called for “justice, fairness and due process”.
But Isip said they have no problem with Loyzaga’s decisions.
“When we got the services of commissioner Chito, we have a good faith in him that he will display fair play and sportsmanship,” said Isip. “We believe in him.”