Darongpan Apiromvilaichai may not be a name that you would often hear when you talk about Asean Basketball League, but the Thailand national player has been making the rounds on the Fans Pages of Facebook with regards to non-payment to him and his team-mates from the Thai Franchise team.
The crew at singaporeslingersblog decided to get a view from the player himself on an online chat:
Q: You wrote that you are being owed money by the Thailand Tigers. Is this true?
A: Yes. The Thailand Tigers owed us 3 months salary from December 2009 to February 2010. We signed a 5 months contract with the Thailand Tigers from October 2009 to February 2010. We finished our season on 24 January 2010 and I did not see him until yesterday (9 February 2010) and asked him about our pay. I also do not know how he can afford to pay the team although I heard that he was given 6 million bath to build the Thailand Tigers.
Q: Are you the only one who is being owed money by Thailand Tigers?
A: Apart from me, my brother Poy (Number 96), Thai Coach his name is Jo and Raha, our assistant coach is also owed money by the Tigers.
Darongpan had also stated that he hope that the owner of the team would be punished by the authorities in ABL or even by the state as “he is a foreigner but is cheating the Thai people”.
Of course, we would not pass off the opportunity to ask him on his view of Thailand Basketball and he wrote to us with this comments (non-edited):
“First time I think it is a good oppurtunity to play bas in occupation. Training everyday and have a chance to play with import players. But now it is worse coz he used basketball for business and used basketball that I love the most cheating me and my friends. And next year if he will be the manager, no good players want to play with him. and if it is possible,please change the owner or let him in jail(hahaha). I do love to play basketball so the money is not important for me. The feeling is very important.”
ABL, if you are reading this, please do something for the enstranged player and those who are affected. It would be good if you are able to do a thorough investigation on what had happened and not let this leave a blackmark on the League. Non-payment is a very serious problem and it reflects very badly on the management and even the League.
To ALL fans out there, all basketball fans, let’s rally the ABL to do something to ensure that justice is done for the Tigers’ Players who are not being paid.
ABL’s mid-season interview with Darongpan & Darunpong Apiromvilaichai: