MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort has given its foreign reinforcement Walter Sharpe the pink slip after a picture of the import sleeping on a parking lot circulated online.
GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero wasn't pleased with Sharpe's behavior, saying it could affect his team's image.
"Hindi maganda eh, talagang napakapangit [tingnan] eh. I will ask the coaches and management to remove him," Romero told PBA’s Snow Badua.
A photo showed Sharpe, who played 2 games with the Batang Pier, apparently dead drunk and asleep on a parking lot in Ortigas, Pasig.
Sharpe, however, claimed he is suffering from narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally.
Romero didn't believe Sharpe’s claim.
“My decision at this point, I cannot tolerate it. It gives the wrong impression. Talagang hindi maganda. Katatapos lang ng Balkman incident… tapos ngayon ito,” Romero said referring to the controversy involving Renaldo Balkman.
Petron’s Balkman’s suffered an on-court meltdown during their recent loss to Alaska. This lead to his banishment from the league.
“We have to self police ourselves also as team owners for the intergrity of the league and the teams,” said Romero.
According to The Philippine Star, GlobalPort is eyeing former Saigon Heat import Jonathan Jones to replace Sharpe.