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 -- (UPDATE 1) Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol had to be restrained after nearly confronting a heckler at the end of the UAAP Season 76 game between the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Eyewitnesses said that on his way to the Ateneo dugout, Perasol tried to confront the heckler sitting at the La Salle side of the patron section, and had to be restrained by his assistants and Araneta Center bouncers.
The heckler, reportedly a La Salle supporter, was escorted out by the Araneta bouncers.
"Sabi ko, hindi tama sa akin. Baka akala niya siguro player ako na pwede niyang sigaw-sigawan," said Perasol in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
Perasol said he does not know who the heckler was.
"Akala niya siguro pababayaan ko siya. May sinisigaw siya na hindi ko lang nagustuhan," said the coach. "Perasol ang sinasabi niya, ako lang naman ang mag-isang Perasol doon."
"Sa susunod na may magmura sa akin doon, hahabulin ko na talaga," he added.
Perasol said he does not believe all La Sallians acted in that manner.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol (in blue polo shirt) points to a La Salle fan (C) while being restrained during an incident following the UAAP Season 76 game between the Blue Eagles and the De La Salle Green Archers. -- Photo by Brosi Gonzales (brosigonzalesnow.blogspot.com)
"I don't think 'yun naman ang tunay na character ng La Sallians," he said. "Pero kung mahusay siya, magsabi siya sa harap. Hindi 'yung sa likod at hindi sa may rehas."
The UAAP Board may review the incident, but Perasol said that if he is suspended, the board will have to hear his side.
"Ang importante, they also have to protect those na kasama sa stakeholders," Perasol said. "Pwede ba naman 'yun, na 'yung pumunta magmumura-mura? Hindi pwede sa akin."
"Suspendihin nila ako, I don't think that's going to be right. Pero pag feeling nila na tama 'yun, ipaliwanag nila sa akin," he added.
Perasol's Blue Eagles lost to the Green Archer, 64-66. It was the first time since 2001 that Ateneo was swept by La Salle in the elimination round.