SOMEONE special came on the second practice of the San Miguel Beermen yesterday at the Acropolis Greens in Mandaluyong City.
Nowhere to be seen when the Beermen opened training camp a few days ago, Terrence Romeo finally reported for work to the cheers of his new teammates who will be defending the Philippine Cup championship.
San Miguel acquired Romeo in a blockbuster trade with Talk ’N Text that saw the Beermen send David Semerad, Brian Heruela, and a 2021 draft pick to the KaTropa.
On the same day, SMB governor Robert Non announced the appointment of Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag, who was at the practice, as the newest addition to the Beermen’s battery of assistant coaches.
The controversial player talked to sportswriters for the first time since the trade, but politely refused to reveal the turn of events that led to the biggest trades ahead of the opening of the 44th season on Jan. 13 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Instead, the former Gilas Pilipinas star said he will just let his game do the talking when he joins the established stars headed by June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos in the team fancied to win again in the most prestigious of the three conferences.
“Siguro, ‘yung totoo nun, kung sasabihin ko ‘yung totoong dahilan, hahaba lang ‘yung usapan,” said Romeo.
“Magmo-move on na lang ako. Kung ano man ‘yung sinabi nila sa akin, kung ano man ‘yung linabas nila na write-ups about sa nag-AWOL ako, hindi raw ako ma-contact pati nung Christmas party, kung ano man ang sinabi nila.”
“Basta may mga text kasi ako na mga date na ‘yun, rinereplyan nila ako. Kung ganun nila pinalabas, wala na akong magagawa. Pagbubutihan ko lang sa bago kong team,” Romeo continued.
Non introduced Romeo whom he described as “most misunderstood player in the league” to the laughs of players, coaches and scribes.
Romeo didn’t dispute what Non said.
“Para sa akin, totoo ‘yun. Ang lahat ng tao, lahat ng nakakarinig, nagbabasa ng mga write-ups, ‘yun na lang ‘yung mapapakinggan nila. Hindi nila nakikita ‘yung totoong dahilan, ‘yung mas malalim na dahilan.”
Romeo admitted he was saddened by reports that TNT players petitioned for his removal from the team, prompting the trade to the Beermen in exchange for David Semerad, Brian Heruela, and a future first-round draft pick.
“Nasa mundo kami ng sitwasyon na hindi namin hawak. Minsan puwedeng ibang tao ‘yung nagdesisyon sayo, minsan pwedeng teammate mo ‘yung sumira sa ‘yo. Basta maraming case na puwedeng maging dahilan. Ang mahirap lang na part ang nakikita nila, ‘yung nababasa nila. Hindi nila alam ang tunay na dahilan,” Romeo said.