Alas apologizes, avoids suspension
MANILA, Philippines - Remorseful and determined to leave behind the nagging issue that's been side-tracking the team's preparations for the rubbermatch for the NCAA Season 88 cage crown, Letran coach Louie Alas has acceded to the demand of the management committee to submit a written apology for his controversial gesture in Game Two.
Alas formally apologized for his "throat-slitting" motion in a letter he handed to Mancom chair Fr. Vic Calvo of host Letran Tuesday night, complying with the league’s requirement and boosting his chances of escaping suspension.
"I've already submitted my written apology to Fr. Vic (Calvo) because it's time to move on and start focusing on our Game Three preparations," said Alas, who will face the San Beda Lions in a you-or-me contest for the NCAA diadem tomorrow at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Alas submitted the letter just a few hours after the league ruled that he and league technical committee head Romy Guevara put their apologies in writing for their "unsportsmanlike conducts" or face one-game suspension.
The Mancom is still awaiting the written apology from Guevara, who is expected to make a move any time soon.
The league’s decision was prompted by the recommendation of commissioner Joe Lipa to slap Alas with a ban in Game Three unless he issued a public apology for his "slit-throat" gesture directed at game officials.
The 49-year-old coach had actually apologized to the Mancom in a meeting last Monday, saying he's "sorry for his actuation" and stressing that he "meant no disrespect" to Lipa, Guevara and the rest of the game officials. He repeated his apologies in an interview with the media after the meeting.
But apparently, that was not enough for the Mancom, which a day later said a written apology is still necessary. And the coach readily complied.