Of Pizzas and Ensaymada: The PBA Press Corps issue emphatic response to Ali Peek's accusations
Paul Lintag on May 22, 2018 08:02 PM
In an official statement released Tuesday, the PBA Press Corps condemned Peek's (Pictured on the left) accusations on social media, saying that the group will not back down from anyone who questions its integrity. (FILE PHOTO)
The PBA Press Corps is taking none of Ali Peek's rather controversial comments.
In an official statement released Tuesday, the PBA Press Corps condemned Peek's accusations on social media, saying that the group will not back down from anyone who questions its integrity.
In a series of social media posts on Twitter and on Facebook, Peek, a 16-year PBA veteran who now works as a TV analyst, questioned the non-inclusion of Globalport's Sean Anthony and Alaska's Vic Manuel to any of the All-Star teams that will see action this week.
Peek specifically singled out the "guys in [the PBA] Press Room" and even accused the Press Corps of taking bribes, whether in the form of money, pizza, and/or ensaymada, in exchange of votes for award and All-Star selections.
The only problem with Peek's argument is that the PBA Press Corps has no say whatsoever in choosing players that will participate in the All-Star Games.
"Mr. Peek got his facts wrong, first, because the media doesn’t determine who the members of the All-Star teams are, and second, the PBA Press Corps has never asked for anything in return from anyone for an award," the PBAPC statement said.
"It was unimaginable on his part – not knowing how the All-Star members are named – considering that he was in the league that long and that he is a member of the television panel covering the games for Cignal’s HD Channel," the statement added.
Ali Peek has since apoligized on his Facebook account, saying he "got carried away," and he was in a "very aggressive mood," as of late.
However, the PBA Press Corps feel that Peek could have done better.
"The PBA Press Corps doesn’t make decisions in a heartbeat, the group makes them after long deliberations and careful consideration," the statement said.
"That’s why it pains the group so much that Mr. Peek decided to come up with his rants without any provocation. And in his apology posted on Facebook today, the group wonders why Mr. Peek did not talk to the PBAPC first considering “that we are right next door to each other” before he came up with them?" the PBA PC added.
The full PBA Press Corps statement can be read below.
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