MANILA, Philippines – PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said Tuesday that he accepted Tab Baldwin's apology despite finding the Kiwi-American trainer's statement "a little insincere".
Baldwin was in hot water after calling local coaches "tactically immature" and criticizing the PBA's import policy in the "Coaches Unfiltered" podcast on June 11th.
“He apologized privately to me. I accepted the apology, ”said Vargas during the PSA forum on Tuesday.
"Ang Impact Sa Akin Nung's comment Niya Na (the influence of this comment, taken out of context) was a little insincere after his apology."
Vargas, who is also the governor of TNT KaTropa, added that Baldwin's reason that his comments were "taken out of context" did not help his case.
"Because it was, so to speak," I apologize but I was taken out of context, "it tended to blame others," said Vargas.
“And the consequence of this statement, which was taken out of context, became more divisive. It was becoming more divisive. "
Baldwin’s comments also cost him a three-game ban and a 75,000 peseta fine from the PBA.
On Thursday the former mentor of Gilas Pilipinas was also released from his duties as assistant trainer at TNT. However, KaTropa team manager Gabby Cui made it clear that Baldwin's fate had already been decided "well before" the ban.
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