Chua blasts Racela for ‘special treatment’ remarks
“We at San Miguel express concerns about the statements of (coach Nash) Racela about special treatment,” he said on Thursday during the halftime of Game 5 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“When we lost two games in a row, you didn’t hear from us. Special treatment for what? Because we won? For us, we’ve been here for the longest time. When we lose, we don’t say anything. Even our coach has been silent about it. But when we won, he says there’s a special treatment and the referee is this?”
Racela pointed to the officiating as one of the possible factors in the KaTropa’s defeat, but did not generally pin the blame on the referees.
He said: “I’m not saying that I was disappointed on the officiating today. What I’m saying is that there was no lady referee. We expected that already before the game but what I didn’t expect was what they are saying that is like entitlement. Just because they are the defending champion and they have the MVP, all of a sudden they are expecting special treatment when they enter the court. I don’t buy that as a coach. If you demand something, demand that the right calls be made by the referees.”
“If you lose by getting the right calls, we’ll accept that. But demanding for some special treatment? That’s wrong.”