Texters clear air with PBA in meeting
The meeting between the PBA and representatives of Talk ‘N Text went well on Monday night, with both sides clearing the air with regard to several calls the Tropang Texters questioned in the dying minutes of Game 7 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
“I am particularly happy with the constructive and positive stance Talk ‘N Text representatives have approached this meeting,” commissioner Chito Salud said in a statement sent via text to media yesterday.
“They assured me of their continued support for the overall interest of the PBA which is all a commissioner could ask from all of its member teams.”
Ricky Vargas and Pato Gregorio represented Talk ‘N Text in the meeting where the PBA also accepted the explanation of the team regarding the non-participation of Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag during the last All-Star Weekend in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.
De Ocampo underwent surgery to repair a damaged nose, while Alapag opted out because of health issues in his family. Only the explanation of Japeth Aguilar has yet to be received and, like in past All-Stars where the league penalized players for not showing up, Aguilar could be fined a lot.
The 6-foot-9 former Western Kentucky University reserve in the US NCAA was supposed to take part in the Slam Dunk Contest and start for the RSJ squad that lost horribly to the Veterans, 176-144.