TNT governor Vargas calls Baldwin’s apology 'a little bit insincere'
Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2020 04:03 PM
Ang impact sa akin nu’ng comment niya na ‘taken out of context’ after the apology he made was a little bit insincere -- TNT governor Ricky Vargas on Tab Baldwin's apology following his controversial remarks about the PBA
PBA chairman Ricky Vargas is not buying the reason of Tab Baldwin for his controversial statements about the league.
The TNT governor, speaking about the issue for the first time, said that he had accepted the apology of the embattled Ateneo de Manila University coach.
“Nag-apologize si Tab eh. He apologized to me privately. I have accepted the apology,” said Vargas during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.
But Vargas felt that it was a ‘bit insincere’ as Baldwin clarified that the statements he said during his appearance in the Coaches Unfiltered podcast last June 11 were taken out of context.
“Ang impact sa akin nu’ng comment niya na ‘taken out of context’ after the apology he made was a little bit insincere,” said Vargas in the Forum presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold PH, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and powered by Smart.
Baldwin, who is also the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas program director, drew flak from the league after his comments on local coaches’ tactical immaturity, calling the PBA single-import conference a big mistake and accused referees of giving imports an advantage in officiating.
The American-Kiwi mentor clarified that he was just talking about his first impression of basketball in the country but was taken out of context.
“It was sort of saying I apologize but I was taken out of context so it tended to push to blaming others,” said Vargas.
Baldwin already apologized to the league after his comments drew a firestorm affecting the professional and collegiate ranks. Some agreeing with his commentaries while some took offense of his observations.
“The consequence of that statement ‘taken out of context’ became more divisive,” Vargas said.
Baldwin was slapped with a P75,000 fine and a three-game suspension by the league two weeks ago. TNT also last Thursday relieved Baldwin of his post as KaTropa’s consultant and assistant coach.
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