Limpag: Fining Ayo

Fair Play

A few days after handing in his resignation, Aldin Ayo will reportedly get an indefinite ban but as heavy as the penalty may sound, it looks like that’s not the end of it. The penalty is just based on the report by the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), and it’s obvious that the school is distancing itself from the coach, which it named as the mastermind of it all.

I don’t know about that but could Ayo have conducted the training bubble without the financial blessing of the school?

At least, if the Manila coaches act like some of the coaches I’ve interacted with in the past, they wouldn’t do a thing without the blessing of the school.

“Huwat ra mi kung mo OK ang eskwelehan,” is a common theme from them when they talk about training plans or competition plans.

However, Ayo’s woes aren’t over as the first penalty is from the UAAP, and based on the reports, he’s looking at sanctions from the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which are all conducting their probes.

I don’t know if the other agencies will follow the UAAP’s move but I’m more interested in the indefinite ban of the league since I think, for the coach, this is more important. I mean, what can the DOJ, DILG or Ched do? Strip him of his coaching license which they don’t have the right to? Jail him? Will the DILG let him pay a fine after a slap on the wrist on the mananita party?

So, it’s the indefinite ban that interests me. When will the indefinite be definite? When the issue dies down a year or two later?

I’m not a fan of lifetime bans or even something as unclear as this. I mean, isn’t it too much? Yeah, he did something wrong but shouldn’t you give someone a definite punishment so he’ll know if there’s a light at the end of the tunnel? I mean, in this country, even a life sentence isn’t a life sentence, right?

One thing going against Ayo and the UST though is that the lack of other news in sports in the country means the focus is on them and their gaffe.

So, I hope, even though he did something wrong, the guy will get a second chance. Yeah, I’m a sucker for second chances. I also hope that whatever other punishments the UAAP will hand out will be limited to basketball. It doesn’t make any sense for athletes in the other programs to suffer for this.

I guess, we’ll find out in the next few weeks.


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