TNT issues strong statement against Narvasa over Kia trade controversy

TNT issues strong statement against Narvasa
TNT management has taken offense to PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, releasing an explosive statement Sunday to address the issue regarding team official Magnum Membrere submitting a draft application on behalf of Standhardinger.

Christian Standhardinger was already drafted by the Beermen but it seems like the controversy surrounding the Kia-San Miguel trade is not over yet.

Far from it.

TNT management has taken offense to PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, releasing an explosive statement Sunday to address the issue regarding team official Magnum Membrere submitting a draft application on behalf of Standhardinger.

Narvasa, speaking in a press conference Friday before Game 7 of the Governors' Cup Finals, divulged such information in trying to explain, or justify, his decision in approving the Kia-San Miguel trade for the no. 1 pick.

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"TNT management resents the statement of Commissioner Narvasa. Uncalled for. Just proves he is biased," the KaTropa's statment read.

"Magnum Membrere was there as a representative of Smart Gilas. It was a sincere gesture to assist Standhardinger with basic admin filing process because he flew back to Germany after the SEA games," the statement continued.

Last Friday, Narvasa revealed that he and Standhardinger got to talk on the phone regarding the latter's interest in finally joining the Draft.

The camp of the Fil-German forward then sent the necessary requirements via email.

However, Narvasa also revealed that a separate application on behalf of Standhardinger came. It was from TNT's Membrere.

The KaTropa are arguing that there was no need for the Commissioner to out such information just to justify the pending trade that he was going to approve.

"No logical reason to divulge the info other than a futile and pathetic attempth to take the spotlight off him," TNT said.

"We resented his statement as it is uncalled for. Why did he have to use us to justify his decision?" the KaTropa added.

In addition, TNT says that the Commissioner convinced Standhardinger to join the Draft and it was Narvasa that allowed the Fil-German forward to miss the combine.

Narvasa also allowed Standhardinger to have a representative to submit his draft application.

All this, according to TNT management, went down in Lebanon as Gilas Pilipinas prepared to compete in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. Narvasa was in Beiruty to suppor the national team and he had the chance to personally watch the Philippine beat rival China in the first game of the tournament.

"Commissioner Chito talked to Standhardinger in Lebanon to join the Draft dahil alam niya manipis at walang dating," TNT's statement said.

"He cleared that it would be okay for Standhardinger to miss the Draft camp and have a proxy to submit his application since he will be out of the country," the KaTropa added.

 


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