BELEAGUERED basketball coach Aldin Ayo has finally broken his silence following the indefinite suspension that was given to him by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
In a statement that was released on Friday night, September 11, Ayo expressed his intention to appeal the aforementioned sanction as he feels that it is not “appropriate.”
Ayo was given the sanction for his alleged involvement in the illegal training camp in Sorsogon that was participated in by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers men’s basketball team. Ayo has since resigned from his post as head coach.
“I deeply feel that the indefinite ban imposed by the UAAP Board against me is not appropriate under the circumstances. I will seek reconsideration of such sanction,” said the statement.
The UAAP handed the ban last Thursday after the league’s Board of Trustees approved the Board of Managing Directors’ recommendation that came after a review of the investigation done by UST on the events surrounding the said training camp.
Ayo admitted that this saga has affected him deeply.
“I have realized that no matter how driven and well-meaning you want to be, things just mess up. It gets you humbled, humiliated even, and we learn to painfully accept to just let things be,” Ayo continued.
The fiery coach though, said that in due time, he will rise up from this debacle.
“However, to quote a Scottish proverb, ‘I am wounded, but not slain. So, lay me low to bleed awhile, then I shall rise’ to coach again!” (JNP)