TNT likely to elevate Parks case to board

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    THE PBA Board may eventually have the last say on the case of Bobby Ray Parks.

    This became a distinct possibility as Parks continued to snub team officials yesterday, spurring the Tropang Giga management to consider the possibility of raising the matter to the PBA Commissioner’s Office.

    For Commissioner Willie Marcial, that is one move TNT can do.

    “Puwede nilang gawin kasi planning (session) kami ngayon at bukas,” Marcial said yesterday.

    “Kung balak nilang (Tropang Giga) iakyat ‘yung matter, perfect timing at puwedeng-pwede,” added Marcial. “Sa ganu’n, hindi lang ako kundi buong Board ang makakapakinig at makakapag-decide.”

    Marcial said he would be informed of any decision by the governors and he would carry it out.

    That is precisely what Ricky Vargas, TNT’s representative to the PBA Board and current league chairman, wanted.

    “Yes, I mentioned that, probably take a look at (it from) two points of view,” Vargas said during a break in the PBA Press Corps virtual Awards Night where he and Marcial were among the guests.

    “We’ll see how we can address this issue so moving forward our policies are a lot clearer and fairer to everyone,” added Vargas.

    Parks, whose contract with TNT expired at the end of last season, went to social media last Saturday to announce he is skipping the PBA’s coming 46th season due to “personal reasons.”

    TNT’s top brass, led by franchise owner Manny V. Pangilinan, promptly questioned Parks’ move. Pangilinan even posted on his official Facebook account a photo of the lefty guard showing him in a La Union beach at a time when Tropang Giga management had an impression he was in the US while both parties were negotiating a possible contract renewal.

    Parks has not been heard of since the photo, and later a video showing him working out with national surfer Roger Casugay, came out.

    By Vargas’ own account, Parks messaged other TNT officials about his plans two or three days before his statement came out, saying he needs to take care of his mother who is in Los Angeles. Vargas even lauded the 28-year-old then.

    “I have no problem with that. In fact, it’s a noble thing. He’s sacrificing his career for it,” related Vargas. “Ang problema lang, we found out later on that he’s somewhere else. He’s not in LA. There’s some dishonesty there.”

    Vargas also revealed he has personally made efforts to talk with Parks, to no avail.

    “I told him, ‘Let’s talk.’ He hasn’t called back,” said Vargas. “I reached out to him, I wanted to talk to him, but he has not replied.

    “Nakakalungkot lang, kasi he’s such a very high-potential player that if he wants to be a real winner, he has to look at himself very carefully.”

    Vargas is hoping the two parties would clear the matter up, sooner rather than later.

    “I just need to understand what his real motivation is. Baka naman iba ang motivation niya at iba naman ang ginamit niyang rason,” said Vargas.

    “He’s a great player, a very potential player. But he’s got to fix a little bit of his character to become a winner.”