Sirang-sira ang imahe ng Team Gilas Pilipinas at kawawang-kawawa naman ang projection sa Australia Boomers sa exclusive article ng The Daily Telegraph Australia na may pamagat na "Australian team say they feared for their wellbeing after mass brawl whipped up rabid Filipino crowd."
Exclusive sa subscribers ng The Daily Telegraph Australia ang article kaya hiningi namin ang tulong ng Sydney-based friend na si Emy Mendoza sa pamamagitan ng kanyang kapatid na si Shirley Pizarro para magkaroon ng kopya ang Cabinet Files at maibahagi sa PEP.ph readers ang playing-the-victims card story ng Boomers.
Narito ang nilalaman ng buong artikulo:
Frightened Australian basketball players were forced to hide out in the locker room for 90 minutes after their wild brawl in the Philippines as the mood in the stands turned increasingly ugly.
The 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena in Manila turned into a bearpit as Australian and Philippines players traded blows in the brutal free-for-all, with Australian embassy officials having to chaperone the team out.
After the shocking fight that included coward punches and mob assaults erupted, the Australian team was forced to change hotels in the dead of the night to avoid potential reprisal attacks from angry fans.
Australian officials largely stayed out of the melee but the same could not be said of their Filipino counterparts who were captured on video joining the fray and in one particularly nasty case, holding an Aussie player's legs while others punched, kicked and pelted a chair at him.
The scale of the fight shocked even the most hardened of the Australian team.
"It was deadset insane" one player said, unable to speak on the record due the investigation into the brawl.
"We couldn't believe what was going on. It was chaos."
The Australian were lucky to escape serious injury but emerged yesterday nursing black eyes, bruising and concussion and now await the results of an investigation that could result in lengthy bans,fines and potential legal action for all involved. The players are set to land back in Australia today.
Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore branded the controversy a "pretty dark day" revealing Aussie players had been left "shaken up."
"Physically our players are fine, they're bruised and battered, we don't have breaks or anything like that," he said.
"But really, it's the mental health of our players we're absolutely concerned about."