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Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas players

Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas apologized to the PBA on Thursday after various parties reportedly felt slighted by his earlier pronouncements of willingness to pay Gilas Pilipinas players maximum salaries to go full-time for the national team.

Speaking after Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym, the executive expressed regret over the misunderstanding that stemmed from his bold declaration, clarifying that his statements are simply reflective on how devoted the Chooks-to-Go brand is on aiding the national basketball team.

Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark Giongco
“I want to clarify Chooks-to-Go is really committed to support the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas all the way to the Olympics in whatever way we can. So my announcement that we’re willing to support a full-time national team, even regarding compensation, there was no intention to put PBA on a bad light,” he said after finishing a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa earlier in the day.

Mascariñas reiterated that his statements were not meant to offend the PBA teams.

“I told the commissioner that I got too overeager to say that we will match the maximum salaries in the PBA. Other owners felt that we’re raiding them of their players and that’s why I’m apologizing,” he said.

“I’m sorry if it came as we’re bragging. We consider ourselves a small fish in this big pond of basketball. We’re new, we know better, and we’re here to support the PBA and SBP.”

Author: Randolph B. Leongson
Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/259099/gilas-main-backer-apologizes-max-salary-offer-full-time-gilas-players

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