TEAMMATES of Letran cager Franz Dysam and people who follow the NCAA do not believe that a game-fixing syndicate is behind the shooting incident that killed the cager’s live-in partner, Joanne Sordan, last Saturday night in San Juan.
According to a teammate, Dysam is not a player of the caliber game fixers will do business with.
“Game fixers usually deal with players who are vital cogs of the team. Players who dominate, whose performance will make the difference between victory and defeat. Dysam does not fit this profile. He is not given too many minutes of play,” the teammate said. “More likely, the motive of the perpetrator is jealousy and revenge. The gunmen are probably hired guns.”
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The live-in partners, along with their children, were on their way to a victory celebration following the Knights’ won game against the Lyceum Pirates when two men riding tandem on a motorcycle stopped by the driver’s side of the Nissan Sentra Dysam was driving. One of them then pulled out a gun.
He pointed the gun at the cager and fired six shots, one of them mortally hitting Joanne.
Although he took most of the bullets, Dysam survived the assault and is now in the hospital. He underwent surgery last Monday to remove the bullets embedded in his body.
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“Perhaps the police should look in on Franz’s personal history, specifically his love life. From what I know, Joanne used to be the wife of a policeman with whom she also has two children. I know that he has been making threats against Franz,” the teammate disclosed.
“Franz was the target of this assault, not Joanne. The couple’s two kids, who were in the back seat, were fortunate to be unharmed.”
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NLEX cager Kirk Long and Maria Cristina Garcia, exchanged “I do’s” last Saturday, July 20, at the Mango Farm Pavilion in Antipolo.
The groom is the son of American missionaries Jeffrey and Colene Long, while the bride is the daughter of PSC chair Richie and Regina Garcia.
The illustrious sponsors included businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. president and CEO Ramon Fernandez and Talk ‘N Text head coach Norman Augustus Black, Kirk’s coach at Ateneo, where he graduated.
Early dinner followed at the Tipanan Hall of Faith Academy where Kirk’s parents teach.