Former Growling Tigers coach Aldin Ayo appeals indefinite ban in UAAP

Former UST men's basketball head coach Aldin Ayo on Friday, September 11, said he planned to appeal the UAAP decision banning him indefinitely from working in the league.

/ 12 September 2020

Ayo expressed that he felt the decision was ‘not appropriate.’

“I deeply feel that the indefinite ban imposed by the UAAP Board against me is not appropriate under the circumstances. I will seek a reconsideration of such sanction,” Ayo said.

Last September 9, the UAAP Board of Trustees ratified the decision to ban Ayo indefinitely for “endangering the health and well-being of the student-athletes under his charge when he conducted the training during a government-declared state of public emergency intended to arrest the Covid19 outbreak.”

The indefinite ban means Ayo is prohibited from participating in any capacity in all UAAP events and UAAP-sanctioned activities.

Ayo, who resigned from his post as Growling Tigers coach, reiterated that he was ‘humbled’ by his current situation, but this will not stop him from going back to coaching.

“I have realized that no matter how driven and well-meaning you want to be, things just mess up. It gets you humbled, humiliated even, and we learn to painfully accept to just let things be,” the multi-titled coach stated. 

However, to quote a Scottish proverb: ‘I am wounded, but not slain. So, lay me low to bleed awhile, then I shall rise to coach again,” he added.