Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. recently took to Twitter to release his frustration after being classified by the Maharlika Pilipinas basketball League (MPBL) as Filipino-foreigner.
Parks, who was adjudged as the Local MVP as well the Finals MVP in the just-concluded 2018 ASEAN Basketball League, was tapped by expansion team Mandaluyong El Tigre along with fellow Alab Pilipinas standouts Lawrence Domingo, Chris Sumalinog and JR Alabanza to reinforce the team for the upcoming 2nd conference of the MPBL.
League commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, however, stepped into the picture and informed Mandaluyong of an existing rule limiting the recruitment of Fil-foreign players to only 1 per team.
With Domingo clearly a Fil-American having been born and raised in the United States, the same cannot be said for Parks who was born and raised in the Philippines.
“First time in my life i was considered an American in my own home country SMH (shaking my head)”, wrote the 25-year old son of legendary PBA import Bobby Parks on Twitter.
“Dito ako lumaki. Dito ako pinanganak. May Filipino passport ako,” continued Parks who played college ball for the NU Bulldogs.
“So dahil sa kulay ng balat ko at dahil tatay ko ay Amerikano na dapat ako ikonsider na foreigner sa sarili kong bayan?” closed Parks.
First time in my life i was considered an America in my own home country smh.Dito ako lumaki.Dito ako pinanganak.May Filipino passport https://t.co/Vh6xMsOOWQ dahil sa kulay ng balat ko at dahil tatay ko ay amerikano na dapat ako ikonsider na foreigner sa sarili kong bayan? https://t.co/kA5ZDgyhep
— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) May 16, 2018
Mac Cuan, incoming coach of Mandaluyong, likewise slammed the classification of the Gilas Pilipinas player.
“Ray was born here, grew up here, played college ball here, played for the national team to represent our country, and most of all has a Philippine passport. Why is he not considered a local?”
With Parks clearly disappointed by the ruling, it is now a big question mark whether he’ll still accept the invitation to play in the fledgling league.