PBA: Coach Aris issues apology to Coach Caloy for handshake issue

Paul Lintag on Jun 02, 2019 08:49 PM
Coach Aris apologizes to Coach Caloy for handshake issue
“I wanna apologize also to Coach Caloy for not shaking his hand right away. I'm sorry, I just have this thing na after every game, I go to my players before shaking the hand of the opponent,” Dimaunahan said.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal —— Well it seems like everyone is on edge in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup nowadays.

After Blackwater’s win over Rain or Shine Sunday at the Ynares Center here, Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia took offense after Elite head coach Aris Dimaunahan didn’t immediately shake his hand.

In his defense, Dimaunahan says he merely wanted to congratulate his players first.

“I wanna apologize also to Coach Caloy for not shaking his hand right away. I'm sorry, I just have this thing na after every game, I go to my players before shaking the hand of the opponent,” Dimaunahan said.

“Coach Caloy, if I offended you I'm so sorry, wala akong ibang gusto kun'di i-congratulate ko lang muna ang mga players ko. If I offended you, I'm sorry. Ang laki ng respeto ko sa'yo, and hindi kita kayang talikurin or bastusin kung ganoon man. So sorry and hopefully, hindi ka gaanong nagalit sa akin,” he added.

Coach Caloy’s not buying what Coach Aris is selling though.

Garcia says there are a number of ways to shake his hand after the game while also congratulating his players.

“For me, hindi magandang explanation yan kasi pwede mo namang gawin yun, panalo ka naman eh, edi doon ka magsimula sa dulo, kamayan mo lahat ng player mo, papunta ka sa coach sa kabila,” the ROS mentor said.

“Hindi yung nandiyan ka na, tatalikuran mo tapos pupuntahan mo doon sa dulo. It's not a good excuse. For me, it's like a... nagsasama naman kayo sa dugout eh. Hindi ba pwedeng i-congratulate sila pagpasok sa dugout? This is the PBA. If I did that to him or did that to any other coach, I think any other coach would react the same way,” he added.

With Dimaunahan apologizing, Garcia says the whole thing is over with.

He was just disappointed right there and then.

“Hinabol niya ako, nasa dugout na ko eh. Sana parang... at the end of the day, siguro galing din kami sa talo, but at the end of the day, you know, it’s just a game. I just felt bad that he did it,” Garcia said.

“Sa akin tapos na yun. I just feel bad that he had to do it kasi matagal ko na siyang kaibigan. I just feel bad that he had to do it that way,” he added.

 

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