Dennison on being called ‘dirty’: ‘Physical player lang ako’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2017 08:20 PM
Dennison on being called ‘dirty’: ‘Physical player lang ako’
REPUTATION. Ron Dennison wants to make it clear that he's not a dirty player.

After his leading role in the Davao brawl between De La Salle University and Far Eastern University, Ron Dennison has yet again found himself in the crosshairs.

Of all involved, it was the veteran Tamaraw who got flooded with tons and tons and tons of messages – so much so that he had to deactivate his social media accounts.

And from all those messages, perhaps the most used word was “dirty.”

But is he, indeed, a so-called “dirty” player? “Sa akin, hindi ako dirty player,” he said, categorically shutting down the term many are using to describe him.

He then continued, “Sa akin, physical player lang talaga ako. Alam naman nila yun.”

Dennison’s participation in the Davao brawl is not the first time his name was dragged down to the mud.

FEU’s defensive specialist has had his fair share of intense interactions with most, if not all, UAAP teams and many players from Ray Parks Jr. to Jeron Teng and from Kiefer Ravena now to Kib Montalbo.

For Dennison, however, he cannot change how he plays the game as he believes it’s exactly what has made him who he is today. “Yun yung strength ko, na physical player ako. ‘Di ko matatanggal sa sarili ko yun,” he shared.

He then continued, “Kahit sina Ravena, Teng, Parks, alam naman nilang physical talaga ako maglaro.”

And so, the graduating guard has just decided to tune out the noise from those who refer to him as a “dirty” player. “’Di natin maiiwasan yung sinasabi nila. Yung mga tao, ‘di natin mapipigilan kung anong tingin nila,” he said.

What matters to Dennison is that he imparts the fighting spirit he proudly wears on his sleeve to the rest of his team. “Yung maging matapang sa loob, yung maging brave ka, yun ang tatak ng Tamaraw. Dapat brave maglaro and ‘di matakot kahit anong laban,” he said.

While he isn’t team captain, the self-proclaimed “physical” player said he remains the voice of reason for FEU. “Kahit ‘di ako yung team captain, ako pa rin yung leader dyan sa loob ng court namin,” he said.

He then continued, “Yung pagiging leader ko, always yan. ‘Di naman sa pangalan lang na ilagay sayo na team captain, saka ka lang magiging leader e.”


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