NCAA 95: Baste's coach Egay says he meant no harm for Nzeusseu, rest of LPU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 23, 2019 06:01 PM
Baste's coach Egay says he meant no harm for Nzeusseu, LPU
San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya has publicly apologized for the incident involving Mike Nzeusseu and LPU (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Egay Macaraya has apologized for the incident that had led to him incurring disciplinary actions from the NCAA.

"Sa lahat ng mga sumusuporta ng NCAA, I'm very sorry for what happened against LPU," he told reporters in his first match back from a one-game suspension, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. "Pero alam ninyong lahat na never nangyari sa team ko na nanakit ng tao and never was that in the game plan."

In San Sebastian College-Recoletos' showdown with Lyceum of the Philippines University last July 23, Coach Egay was caught on camera during a timeout telling Ammar Cosari, one of his players, to hit the hand of opposing Cameroonian reinforcement Mike Nzeusseu. "Mar, hampasin mo yung kamay ni Nzeusseu," he was heard saying.

For reference, Nzeusseu had been dealing with a fractured left hand since the preseason.

After that game, the league's management committee decided to mete out a disciplinary action to coach Egay - a one-game suspension and orders to make a public apology and to commit to community service - for unsportsmanlike conduct.

A month later, however, the veteran mentor made it clear that he would never want any harm to come to any player. "I'm sorry talaga, but in my life, never talaga akong mananakit ng player. In all of my basketball career, as coach or player, hindi naman ako ganun ka-dirty," he said.

Coach Egay went on to say that, at that moment, his frustrations got the better of him. "I was just carried (away) by my emotions. At that time kasi, 0 (points) si RK and all the guys were off," he said, recalling how the Golden Stags were dominated by the Pirates from the get-go.

He then continued, "Malaking bagay talagang nawala ako sa focus so I'm sorry talaga."

In the end, Baste's tactician repeated his plea for forgiveness. "It was just an outburst of my emotions. Hopefully, mapapatawa niyo ako," he shared.

He then continued, "I love this game and I hope I can teach kids to play the right way. Yun naman talaga makikita sa mga players ko na umaabot sa kahit saan."

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