WHEN Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes learned that Ray Parks, son of seven-time Best Import and League Hall of Famer Bobby Parks, is joining the MPBL, the PBA legend-turned-league executive was one of those who became excited to see a big name joining the fastest growing regional amateur basketball event in the country.
Like many basketball fans, he wanted to see Parks and watch one of the finest second generation players of all time closely.
But when Duremdes read about Parks’ issuing strong statements that are detrimental to the MPBL, the league commissioner immediately acted and warned the Mandaluyong El Tigre’s star player on his actions.
In a letter addressed to Parks, Commissioner Duremdes told the player that being part of the league means he had to abide by the rules and regulations.
Duremdes added that repetition of a similar incident would result into a more severe sanction.
“While it’s true that everyone can express their opinion, please bear in mind that you are now part of the MPBL family, hence, as a player, you need to abide the league rules and regulations. You are now representing the MPBL,” added Duremdes.
Right after the El Tigre’s opening day loss to the Angelis Resort-backed Muntinlupa Cagers, Parks took a swipe at the officiating and issued statements that were detrimental to the league.
“I’ll be honest, they don’t want me in this league,” said Parks. “First time I’ve ever seen in my life, four offensive fouls. I attended the orientation, I know what the foul is.”
“I’m taking it as a challenge. They don’t want me here. It’s my home. I enjoyed playing in front of the crowd as much as I could. But at the end of the day, it’s just a stepping stone for me,” he added.
But Parks apologized a day after and tweeted his statement.
“It takes a real man to apologize for his actions. So I’ll be a man and own up and say sorry,” wrote Parks on his Twitter account.
All things said and done, Commissioner Duremdes hopes to see Parks showing his best side on and off the court.
“We hope to see the best from you — be it inside the court or outside of it,” added the commissioner.