National men’s volleyball player Johnvic De Guzman issued an apology after earning the ire of the volleyball community with his controversial remarks.
In an interview with Inquirer Sports, De Guzman gave his opinion on the difference between men’s and women’s volleyball, with his words deemed ‘offensive’ and ‘sexist’ by online users.
In the video, which was taken down earlier today, De Guzman compared the two divisions in terms of clothing and ‘entertainment value.’
“Yung women’s, mga sexy naman sila, e hindi naman kami pwedeng mag-brief lang habang naglalaro,” he said. “Siyempre, siguro pagdating sa men’s volleyball, mabilis ‘yung patayan, mabilis ‘yung palitan, although kapag pinanuod talagang explosive, anlalakas ng palo, ang ganda ng execution.”
“Pagdating sa babae kasi, kumbaga ‘yung entertainment side nandun e, na sexy sila, tapos ‘yung palitan ng bola, medyo matagal, mahaba yung rally,” he added.
The video went rounds online and did not sit well with the volleyball community, with criticism coming from players and fans alike.
Are you kidding me?? Can’t believe these words are coming from a volleyball athlete. Please tell me the millions of volleyball fans here don’t just watch and support women’s volleyball because we wear shorts and are “sexy”. PLEASE LANG. 🤦🏻♀️😠 https://t.co/lOkPD2yczh
— Katherine Bersola (@KB08_) February 22, 2019
Johnvic De Guzman should never be allowed to cover women's volleyball every again. Kasexy-han lang pala ng players ang nakikita mo. Nasasayang mga pinaghirapan nilang trainings dahil sa mindset ng mga kagaya mo.
— vanessa (@VoltesIVI) February 22, 2019
You insulted women more than the sports you love. What you said in the interview was so sexist. Finding women volleyball exciting because the players are sexy. That was so wrong dude. You should apologize for that problematic statement and don't use motherhood statements.
— Dani Cabarles (@starjordanjohn) February 22, 2019
Amid the growing criticism, De Guzman published an apology tweet addressing his remarks.
— John Vic O.De Guzman (@deguzmanjohnvic) February 22, 2019
“I would like to apologize for a statement in my interview with Inquirer Sports. It was taken out of context. I didn’t mean to insult the sport that I love the most,” De Guzman said.
“Like you, my advocacy is also to promote volleyball to a broader audience and make it realize that the men’s division is as exciting as the women’s. For whatever sensibilities that was affected — my sincerest apologies,” the statement added.
De Guzman previously played for College of Saint Benilde in the NCAA, where he led his team to a championship in his last playing year back in Season 92. He was also part of the men’s national volleyball team that participated in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.