Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro has been in hot water recently after a video of one of his huddles against University of the East in the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament went viral on social media.
In the video, Almadro was heard saying, “Kailangan ba lahat manggagaling sakin, Vanie? Puro ka yabang e, puro kayo yabang lahat, puro kayo yabang lahat.”
The Petro Gazz head coach drew flak for his choice of words as fans began rallying behind Vanie Gandler and the rest of the Blue Eagles with some fans even asking the Ateneo management to relieve Almadro of his duties.
On Saturday night, the Petro Gazz head coach finally addressed the incident.
“You know… what’s happening is just snippets of something but people really don’t know what’s the real story.
“So I really just have to keep quiet about that and we don’t want to retaliate naman. People will keep on chirping but we will keep doing our mission,” said Almadro after the Angels’ quick straight sets win over Army-Black Mamba.
“The players and I and the institution already know what’s happening and I’m happy with my players. Of course, there are some things na spur of the moment but I guess that’s all just snippets,” he added.
Almadro said that he is on good terms with his team and there are no internal issues within the Blue Eagles. He also said that the team will continue to work hard as they try to bounce back from their third place finish in the previous UAAP season.
“Of course [walang internal issues]. You can ask all of my players. Ever since naman, ever since noon pa, ginagawa na [yan]. Maraming nag-vi-video then after that they will put stories on it,” said Almadro.
“Ayaw ko na mag-pa-interview but ang point here is they just keep on putting stories into things but what’s important here is what’s the real story. We understand each other and we trust each other and I thank the Lord that we have this kind of understanding.”
The Blue Eagles lost their opening game to defending champion National University before bouncing back with a 3-1 win against UE. They take on University of Sto. Tomas next on Wednesday.
“What’s important is what’s the real story. Yun ang lagi kong sinasabi. What’s the real story? People will keep on chirping but we will just keep on working hard and the players and I understand each other all the time and I thank the Lord for that,” said the decorated head coach.
“No matter what, we’ll just keep our faith and our trust in each other, our courage in everything that happens to us.”