FIBA: Parks calls articles of him begging off from Gilas "misleading"
Paul Lintag on Jun 21, 2019 01:23 PM
On Friday, the Blackwater rookie went on a mini Twitter rant, saying the articles published were "misleading." Parks Jr. didn't specify a single news outlet but the news were spread across many platforms Thursday night.
Ray Parks has lashed out to the media Friday over a quote given by Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao.
Thursday night in national team practice, Guiao revealed that Parks turned down an invite to join Gilas Pilipinas. The national team is preparing for the FIBA World Cup later this year.
"We have a few other names na gusto naming imbitahan. Actually, for today, we invited Ray Parks, but he declined,” Guiao said.
Pressed for details, coach Yeng said it was actually team liaison officer Yvette Reyes who was in contact with Parks Jr.
“My understanding is he declined to be part of the pool. Ang nangyari kasi is I asked ma’am Yvette to get in touch with him,” Guiao said.
“My understanding is may iba siyang priorities,” coach Yeng added.
On Friday, the Blackwater rookie then went on a mini Twitter rant, saying the articles published were "misleading." Parks Jr. didn't specify a single news outlet but the news were spread across many platforms Thursday night.
Read Parks' full Twitter posts below.
Woke up this morning to a misleading article smh. For people to actually believe that i dont want to represent my country is crazy. Kaya nga nglaro sa Alab and went abroad carrying the ???????? flag anywhere and everywhere i go.— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019
First off i didnt decline due to different priorities smh. Hiya oo pero priority hindi. First conference ko palang sa PBA pinayagan na ako ng Blackwater tapusin ABL stint ko kaya sobrang thankful ako. Tapos ngayon wala kaming import tapos mawawala ako nahihiya lang din ako sa BWE— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019
Nahihiya din ako sa mga players na nglaro during the qualifiers and ngpakahirap to get our spot at the World Cup. Sino ba namang proud na pinoy na hindi mahihiya kasi each player who played are deserving of a spot. Rinerespeto ko sila at yung pinaghirapan nila.— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019
The last time Parks played for Gilas was three years ago under Tab Baldwin for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.
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