Nigerian San Beda cager brings case to CHR


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MANILA, Philippines—A San Beda basketball player is set to file a formal complaint to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Tuesday after the NCAA Policy Board and Management Committee allegedly “overlooked the incident” that triggered the brawl involving the SBC men’s basketball team and the San Sebastian women’s volleyball squad.

Ola Adeogun, San Beda’s prolific Nigerian cager, said in a complaint affidavit obtained by the Inquirer that “an unprovoked racial slur uttered against [him]” sparked the melee but the “gravity of this utterance was simply set aside as of no significance by the ManComm in its investigation.”

Among the cases of human rights violation covered by the CHR is “discrimination as to sex, color, religion and nationality.”

The December riot—which allegedly started when a San Sebastian men’s volleyball player called Adeogun “Hey unggoy (monkey)”—also saw Lions basketball coach Frankie Lim and volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb figuring in a physical and verbal confrontation which disrupted a women’s volleyball match at the SBC gym.

Adeogun said he understands some Tagalog words, having lived in Manila for over two years.

Also noted in Adeogun’s complaint was the “unofficial decision” of the league slapping him a one-year ban while issuing no sanction on the Stags men’s volleyball player.

The league has yet to issue a formal verdict on the case but has “announced to the affected teams verbally” the recommended sanctions, which Adeogun said was “improperly served.”

League officials also recommended a two-year suspension on Lim and Gorayeb, one-year ban on San Beda’s Fil-Am player Julius Armon and one-game suspension on other San Beda players involved in the scuffle.

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  • berdeng_leon

    this is a sad day in the chapter of this barely surviving league..and actually biting the hand that feeds it.. ingrato hombres or should i say mujeres? the way everybody’s ganging up on san beda… careful for what you wish for..mancom, you are not only courting trouble on the courts, but also in the courts of ironic, we filipinos propagate equality especially for our race to be accepted on lands far away, but we ourselves can’t pursue it on our own country..hypocrisy at it’s finest..not to mention, their “schools” harbor friars of foreign descent, aren’t these schools also founded by these so called “import” priests hundreds of years ago? by my recollection, catholicism, which is the cornerstone for most of the secular member institutions propagates equality for every man, right? why is this this happening then?

  • lamar777

    Racism in any form has no place in society, sports or anywhere else! Sad to say but filipinos are one of the most racist  ive known having lived in the philippines for 5 years.

  • muddygoose

    Kantiawan nyo kung kakilala nyo. Sana nagulpi yung volleyball player.

  • PoorOFW

    Please don’t confuse racism with prejudice. Google the difference in meaning, I CBA.(cant be arsed).
    Kung inherently racist tayo bakit wala tayong racial riots ala Indonesia/LA ’91-92? Prejudice will always be we us forever anywhere in the world. We just have to deal with it.

  • mutawa

    filipinos love to name calling.  that’s like natural for them. the hanidcaps are rediculed.  Most of the people just don’t have sensitivity at all.  Ruby Rodriguez should also file a complaint with the insults and name calls she gets from her EB casts because of her size.

  • chly

    aggressively ignorant pinoys! good you are taking it to chr

  • dioprag

    Philippines is a very racist country.  You are adored kung maputi ka, matangkad, pa-ingles-ingles, matangos ilong mo.  This is because of Filipinos’ general lack of in depth exposure to cultures other than their own.  The tv programs watched by children all day where they make fun and mistreat people who are ‘different’ add to this kind of attitude.   

  • dioprag

    Buhay na buhay ang racism sa pilipinas.  Favoured ang maputi, matangos ang ilong, matangkad etc.  Equality of all races is just an empty word because most Filipinos do not have an in depth exposure to cultures other that own. 

  • Sheryse Currey

    This is yet another disgusting display of discrimination in the sports arena i have seen in manila. The ref’s are forever calling unfair penalties and discriminating against foreign players here!!!! Many times i have witnessed this and it simply leads me to belive that sports here is a joke. If you cannot play fairly against foreign players then how do you expect your players to grow????? I honestly belive that this kind of unfair conduct will keep those who want a career in sports limited. In my books it is unfair racisim and is also limiting your own people as you encourage them to belive that foreign players are a threat and that the only way to beat them is by cheating and low blows which we all know will not help anyone in a worldwide arena! Much RESPECT to this player and coach for standing up for whats right!!  sharing this with all

  • PoorOFW

    brown skin pinoys – little brown monkeys
    chinese pinoys – intsek behos
    fairskinned pinoys – mestisong hilaw

    Sana maisip nitong mga small d***ed ‘athletes’ na ito na maraming mga racial slurs pwedeng itira sa atin.
    Pinag mamalaki ko pamandin sa mga non-pinoy friends ko na walang racists at racial tensions sa pinas. I guess I’m wrong. People change. Mainly because of bad parenting.

    • Ralph L

      walang racial discrimantion sa Pinas??? ano ka pinanganak kahapon????

      • Victoria

         I agree 100% sa yo Kabayan. Taga-Baguio ako, ang tawag sa akin pag nasa Manila ako, Igorota(na may kasamang slur and offending smirk). Mga Igorot daw kumakain ng strange foods or hilaw na aso. Tinawag pa ako ng Ilocand_t ng janitor sa isang office. Dahil medyo maputi ako, anak daw ba ako ng  hilaw na Kano..and etc. Kaya nga tuwing makakarinig ako ng complaints ng mga Pinoy about them being the victim of racial slurs, or discrimination, sasabihin ko na lang, Bake your cake and eat it too. There is always racist in all of us. Ang mga Pinoy, sobra ang pagka-prejudiced. Pag nagdamit ka ng medyo mahal, mayaman ka na. Kinu-kotya ka pag hindi ka pleasing personality or pangit ang mukha mo, or dark-skinned ka.(Just read the Jobs Available-Wanted) I’ve learned a lot from my kababayan. Naging manhid ako sa mga racial connotations. Racist people are plain ignorant to the max, nothing else.

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