Another Ateneo player at the center of controversy

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 04, 2015 09:44 PM
Another Ateneo player at the center of controversy
NOTHING TO SEE HERE. Chibueze Ikeh was the lone Ateneo Blue Eagle still inside when several people gathered just outside their locker room.

Right after Ateneo de Manila University clinched a Final Four berth on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum, several persons gathered right outside their locker room – and they weren’t fans nor media.

At least four uniformed policemen and at least seven unidentified civilians stood outside the Blue Eagle dugout where Ateneo athletic director Emmanuel Fernandez, head coach Bo Perasol and his coaching staff, and Cameroonian center Chibueze Ikeh were seen to have remained.

After discussions between both parties which lasted for around two hours, Ikeh was led to a waiting white Hyundai Starex where he was joined by the unidentified civilians. Before this, Fernandez, Perasol, and the Ateneo staff also exited the dugout.

Granting a short statement to awaiting media,  Fernandez said, “It’s a private matter. Nothing to do with Ateneo basketball. Nothing to do with the UAAP. It’s just a private matter.”

Asked to confirm if it had to do with Ikeh, the Blue Eagles’ manager answered, “It’s a private matter concerning one of our players.”

Fernandez said that no arrest was made and they had no idea about the involvement of the police or the presence of the unidentified civilians.

The incident comes a couple of weeks after Blue Eagle John Apacible was caught on camera drunk and instigating a fight along Timog Avenue in Quezon City.


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