• KIA players, coach seek Narvasa’s help over contract dispute

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    Former KIA players Alex Nuyles, JR Buensuceso and assistant coach Glenn Capacio asked help

    from Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Narvasa regarding their case

    against the management of KIA [now Mahindra].

    The two players and Capacio aired their grievances to the media on Friday at the Shakey’s

    Restaurant in Greenhills Edsa, San Juan City saying that their respective signed contracts were not

    honored by the Colombia motors.

    “We are planning to go to the commissioner to discuss this issues, but there’s still no date yet,”

    Capacio told the press during a press conference. “My contract was terminated last December

    without any due process.”

    “They told me that I did something wrong but they didn’t talk to me about it. I think this is also the

    right time to air my side to the media since there are other players who also aired their grievances

    in the social media,” he added.

    Capacio’s contract with KIA was 25 or 26 months, but he was paid with an amount covering only

    four and a half month. His contract took effect on July 2014. The former Purefoods player,

    however, did not disclose the value of his remaining contract.

    “They wanted only to buyout three months in my contract, which still has 19 months remaining,

    but I refused.”

    Capacio also said that there are other players who have grievances against KIA but did not give

    names.

    Nuyles, a former Adamson University player, said that KIA didn’t pay him for one month after he

    signed a one­year contract extension recently. He said the management of KIA told him that what

    he signed was an “invalid” contract.

    “I was surprised of what happened after they told me that what I signed was invalid,” said Nuyles,

    who was acquired via trade by KIA from Blackwater in exchange of Reil Cervantes last Governors

    Cup. “My agent is helping me regarding this matter.”

    “I hope the commissioner will help us.”

    Buensuceso, on the other hand, also accused KIA team manager Eric Pineda of being

    unprofessional. Pineda is also the business manager of Manny Pacquiao who is Mahindra’s

    playing head coach.

    “I wish the team management handled my situation more professionally. Our job is not a joke.

    They promised me that they would sign me for another year but it was a joke to them. You can’t

    promise someone a livelihood only to leave them hanging in the end,” said Buensuceso.

    Pineda was not available for comment at press time.

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