January 24, 1997
Jaworski changes tune, wants Feihl to come back.
The 50-year-old playing-coach, departing from his ascerbic comments just several days back when he fell short of stating that Feihl was only after money, said he now believed that there's a possibility that Feihl would remain with his old team. "EJ is always welcome to comeback," Jaworski said after Feihl decided to cut the negotiations and fly to Hong Kong for a respite. Jaworski asked Feihl to ponder his playing career by himself and for once, to stop listening to his controversial agent-manager Nonie Mediarito.
"Aba dapat sa kanya, magsimula na siyang mag-isip sa ginagawa niya," said Jaworski. "Sa tingin ba niya, gagaling siya bilang manlalaro kung makikinig sa ibang tao?" he said referring to Mediarito. The league's tallest player jolted the league when, after weeks of absence, suddenly called a press conference last Friday to announce that he wanted to leave Ginebra and transfer to another ballclub, more particularly to Formula Shell. Feihl said that he wanted to leave to attain his full potential as a player which he said he could not do by playing back-up center to Marlou Aquino.
Shell has promised him a starting center position. But Ginebra officials did not buy this explanation saying that money was the main reason for Feihl's dissilusionment. Feihl, through his manager, is reportedly asking for a three-year, P15-million contract while Ginebra was willing to grant him less than that-a two-year contract allowing for P150,000 a month in the first year and P200,000 a month in the second or a total of P3.5 million.
A day after Mediarito and Feihl met with PBA Commissioner
Jun Bernardino, the two flew to Hong Kong. "Baka meron lang
siyang (Feihl) aasikasuhin sa Hong Kong," jested Jaworski upon
learning of Feihl's sudden departure. "I think we can put this
issue behind us if he comes back," said Monchet Carballo, the
Ginebra team manager. "I do not believe that he (Feihl) has no
future with us." Carballo said he was not aware of Feihl's sudden
"vacation", in fact the Gins' front office was waiting for Feihl's
call to resume negotiations. Making things harder for Feihl is the
absence of any offer sheet. Shell which was reportedly interested
in acquiring the slotman preferred to stay in the sidelines waiting
for the outcome of the Ginebra-Feihl negotiation. -NOEL L. RODRIGUEZ
Ginebra calls Feihl's manager 'a liar'.
Source: Manila Bulletin Online