January 22, 1997
Ginebra calls Feihl's manager 'a liar'.
Ginebra San Miguel yesterday lashed back at the agent-manager of disgruntled center Edward Joseph Feihl, Noni Mediarito, for "peddling lies" and maligning the La Tondena Distillers, Inc. before the eyes of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Team manager Monchet Carballo, in reacting to the news article that came out in the Bulletin last Monday, disputed several statements made by Mediarito who also described the ballclub as "unprofessional" in dealing with its players.
"Hindi tutuo lahat ang sinasabi niya (Mediarito). Hindi kami ang unprofessional kung hindi siya," said Carballo in a telephone interview with the Bulletin last night. GSM, which will carry the name Gordon's Gin in the PBA 1997 season, also came out with a press statement regarding Mediarito's claims on the real story with Feihl's falling out with his mother team. "For the record, let me say that the statements made by Mr. Mediarito in the article regarding the EJ Feihl issue are all untrue, a pack of blatant lies," read the statement. Carballo said that it was Mediarito who came out with the staggering figure of P15 million for three years of continuous service by the seven-foot slotman to the Gins and, when asked by team officials, stated categorically that his proposal was "final."
It was also insinuated in several reports that Ginebra is offering Feihl a much smaller contract than the offers of other teams interested in acquiring the player. "The initial offer made by (Sonny) Jaworski (playing-coach) before he left for the US was P150,000 but that was initial and not yet final. Hindi naman kami nagbigay sa kanila ng `take- it-or-leave-it' condition," Carballo said. He added that the team is willing to give Feihl P200,000 on his second year and the figure could go as high as P250,000 depending on the development of the gangling slotman. "To tell you the truth, kung sinabi lang ni Mediarito na P200,000, baka ibinigay pa namin kaagad. But let's not come up with figures right now. Our intention is to talk with Feihl and not with his so-called manager," Carballo said.
It was reported that several teams, particularly Formula Shell, is
ready to give Feihl P200,000 a month - more than double of
what he has been getting from Ginebra. When drafted second
overall in 1995, Ginebra paid Feihl P65,000 on the first year and
P85,000 on the second. Mediarito called these figures as "too
small" for his ward. "Sabi nila, it's not about money but for the
future of Feihl. Do you believe he's got no future with Ginebra
which took him when no one wanted to touch him with a 10-foot
pole. Why do you think he's asking for the moon kung hindi siya
sumikat at na-develop sa Ginebra?" Feihl, following his first
no-go meeting with Ginebra, called a press conference last
Friday to announce his decision to bolt out of the team and to
play for Shell this season. Also present that day was Shell team
manager Jimmy Aizon and Mediarito. -EDGARD A. HILARIO
Ginebra wants Feihl back; No way says player.
Source: Manila Bulletin Online