Ateneo coach Bo Perasol (2nd from right) is restrained by a bouncer and team manager Paolo Trillo (C) after the Blue Eagles' game against the De La Salle Green Archers Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. -- Photo by Brosi Gonzales (brosigonzalesnow.blogspot.com).
MANILA, Philippines – Coach Bo Perasol has apologized to the Ateneo community, university president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ, and top patron Manny V. Pangilinan for his “un-Atenean-like” actions following the Blue Eagles’ loss to De La Salle on Sunday.
“Let me express my apologies for my un-Atenean-like behavior I displayed in public yesterday,” Perasol said in a message forwarded to ABS-CBN News by Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo. “Couple that with our team’s loss to La Salle. The better part of me should have avoided the confrontation by turning the other cheek.”
Perasol was called for a technical foul with around a minute to go when he confronted the referee after a perceived wrong call. La Salle would go on to win, 66-64, on a Jeron Teng jumper with 1.8 seconds left.
Following the game, Perasol had to be restrained by his assistants and Araneta bouncers from going after a La Salle alumnus, who has since been identified as JJ Atayde.
“As it turned out, I was caught off guard and the worse (not yet worst) part of me prevailed,” Perasol said.
“In retrospect, I thought the action that really ticked me off was the blatant display of arrogance and disrespect against my players and my person, which I can’t just normally turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to,” he explained.
“My actions may have put Ateneo in a bad light, and I’m sorry to have acted in the way I did,” he added.
In an interview with TJ Manotoc of ABS-CBN News, Atayde explained his side of the story.
“Natural naman sa La Salle-Ateneo game, nagkakaroon ng kantyawan and everything. Pero ako, ang nasabi ko, ‘Coach, salamat sa pagpapanalo mo sa amin.’ Noong nasabi ko ‘yun, mainit ang ulo ni Coach Bo. Medyo, he lost his temper, he lost his cool,” Atayde said.
He added that he feels “very sad and unfortunate” that the situation escalated, and admitted that he regretted his words.
“Medyo nagsisisi nga ako na nangantsaw ako doon. Kasi s’yempre, medyo masakit ‘yung mga pangyayari sa laro, na natalo sila. So hindi ko akalain na maga-abot sa ganoon,” he said.
“Pero kung nasaktan ko man si Coach Bo sa mga nasabi ko eh, personally, hihingi ako ng pagi-intindi sa kanya. Kasi alam mo naman kapag La Salle-Ateneo, medyo mataas ang mga emosyon. So, sincerely, hindi ko intention na magka-ganoon,” Atayde added.
La Salle’s victory allowed them to snap Ateneo’s five-game winning streak and climb to solo third in the league standings. It was also the first time since 2001 that the Green Archers had won both elimination round meetings against the Blue Eagles.