Friday, December 2, 2011
Brawl erupts : San Sebastian Volleyball Team vs. San Beda Basketball Team
Source : Reuben Terrado, InterAKTV
It was a dark Friday in the NCAA after a fight broke out between the San Sebastian volleyball team and the San Beda men’s basketball team while the volleyball competitions were going on at the St. Placid Gym inside the San Beda College campus.
San Sebastian women’s volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb got the raw end of the deal, suffering a swollen left eye after receiving a punch during the melee.
The San Sebastian men’s volleyball team were in the adjacent gym to warm up for their match. The San Beda Red Lions were also at the same gym holding their practice there.
According to one report, the Stags were chanting “Oh hey oh hey,” a common chant done by volleyball players during warm-ups. But another report suggested that the chants were “unggoy” — a racial slur toward San Beda’s Nigerian center Ole Adeogun.
The altercation started after that and it spilled over to the court area where a women’s volleyball game between University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and San Sebastian College was going on.
Gorayeb said that he was trying to pacify the situation when Red Lions center Dave Marcelo and head coach Frankie Lim directed cuss words at him.
“Minura niya ako kaya minura ko rin siya. Sinugod ako at sinuntok ako sa mukha. Bumagsak ako at pinagtatadyakan na ako,” said Gorayeb.
The multi-titled Gorayeb added that his players were not spared, as their libero Mae Crisostomo was hit in the left eye.
Gorayeb said that he will file a case against Lim for serious physical injury after he secures a medical certificate.
Lim’s wife Olen and daughter Miakka came to the defense of the Red Lions after the incident.
“Our Red Lions are taught not to be racists and to treat our own as family and stick up for them if aggrieved,” wrote Miakka on her Twitter account. “That’s what happened today.”
Olen, meanwhile, wrote: “You don’t ever come to our house and disrespect us! You were asking for it!”
San Sebastian NCAA management committee representative Frank Gusi said that the Mancom will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.
The incident was reportedly captured in the CCTV camera inside the gym.
San Beda Red Lion Garvo Lanete, in his Twitter account, said that he wants the video to be released to avoid any misconceptions about the incident.
“Andito yung video, sana nga ma-release para makita na walang sumuntok sa babae na may blackeye, umawat lang siya at accidentally natamaan,” Lanete wrote on his account.