Violence has no place in sports
This is the stance of University of the Philippines.
With this, the UP Board of Regents has disassociated itself from Frederick ‘Spocky’ Farolan after the comments made by the latter that promoted violence.
“We dissociate ourselves as a Board from Regent Farolan’s statements and actions.
“Whatever his motives may have been, there is no excuse for sowing fear and confusion, especially at a time when the University’s attention should have been focused on the rising successes of its athletic program. We view with extreme disapproval and strongly condemn violence in any form,” the board’s statement read.
After Game One of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Finals pitting the UP Fighting Maroons against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Farolan posted a cryptic status that was eerie to say the least.
“The Board continues to uphold the principles of civility and sportsmanship. All Regents, officials, and members of the UP community are expected to keep with the highest standards of decorum,” added the statement.
Farolan ultimately deleted the statement and apologized after being under heavy scrutiny.
“We apologize to the officials, staff, and athletes of the Ateneo de Manila University and to the UP community for any anxiety Regent Farolan’s statements may have caused. We also deeply regret the dampening of the euphoria of UP reaching the UAAP finals,” expressed UP’s board.
With this, Farolan’s re-appointment to the school’s Board of Regents has ultimately been rescinded.
“Committed to a higher standard of accountability for its members, the Board hereby withdraws its recommendation for the reappointment of Regent Farolan to the Board of Regents. We enjoin Regent Farolan from making any such further statements which can compromise the reputation and the goodwill of the University.”
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