‘My heart is no longer there’: Blackwater owner mulling leaving PBA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2020 10:18 PM | Updated as of Jul 16 2020 12:02 AM

Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy on Wednesday said he is thinking about selling his franchise in the PBA.

“My heart is no longer there for the PBA and it’s very hard for me to support (it). And I hope people will understand. Thanks for the support all these years,” Sy said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

The development, first reported by the Philippine Star, came after the Elite, the club’s moniker, found themselves in hot water after they returned to practice over the weekend, ahead of the go-signal from the PBA and other government agencies tasked with managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial sought an explanation from the team, while Games and Amusement Board chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra said he was likely to sanction the squad.

Sy said in a previous online interview that his team has started to conduct workouts, while following the protocols set by the PBA.

In a separate text message, he said he didn’t think his team broke any rule.

“I felt it’s a non-issue, and the PBA wants to sanction and penalize Blackwater for violation of IATF protocol? What did we violate?” he said, adding that players practiced physical distancing during Saturday’s team session.

The league has yet to officially green-light teams to return to practices, despite getting permission from the Inter-Agency Task Force last July 3.

Blackwater entered the PBA in 2014 when Sy bought a franchise for P120 million.

By the end of the 2019 season, the squad, which has never tasted success, never reached the championship round of any conference.

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