Friday, February 10, 2012

SMC official blasts PBA governors

source: Jaemark Tordecilla | InterAKTV

A San Miguel Corporation sports official on Friday put members of the PBA Board of Governors on blast for “crab mentality” on his Twitter account.

“Tired of this pathetic crab mentality of some PBA Governors,” wrote former league commissioner Noli Eala, who now serves as an executive for SMC’s sports program.

While Eala did not mention any reason for his outburst, the conglomerate has been involved in controversy in recent days after reports came out that the Powerade Tigers franchise has been sold to SMC. The Philippine Daily Inquirer last week reported that a sale has been consummated, which has been denied by Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., the company that owns the team.

On Thursday, InterAKTV obtained and posted a document that shows that CCBPI offered the PBA franchise for sale to SMC.

Amid heavy speculation about the status of the Tigers squad, Powerade this week submitted a trade to the PBA that would send star rookie Marcio Lassiter to the Petron Blaze Boosters, which is owned by SMC, in exchange for Noy Baclao and Rey Guevarra.

The trade proposal came as a surprise as the Tigers are coming off a surprise appearance in the Philippine Cup finals. Lassiter played a major role for Powerade, ranking third in the whole league in statistical points.

Officials of other PBA teams blasted the trade, questioning the circumstances of the transaction amid reports of the Powerade sale.

The PBA board on Friday was set to meet to discuss issues surrounding the Powerade sale, but the meeting was reset for February 20 due to failure to reach quorum. Representatives from SMC teams B-MEG, Barangay Ginebra, and Petron were unable to show up for the meeting.

Also absent from the meeting were representatives from Powerade and Barako Bull.

Because of the meeting’s postponement, PBA commissioner Chito Salud has put the trade on hold.