Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team head coach Yeng Guiao recently revealed that an invitation to join the training pool has been sent to Blackwater Elite rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. but was apparently turned down by 26-year old Fil-Am due to other priorities.
“Actually for today, we invited Ray Parks but he declined. My understanding is he declined to be part of the pool. I asked (team liaison officer) Yvette Ruiz to get in touch with him, so my understanding is may iba siyang priorities,” said Guiao.
“We’re looking at some other guys we want to invite. We have a few other names na gusto naming iimbitahan,” he added.
Parks, however, took to his Twitter account to clarify the issue after several media outlets ran a story on his decision to turn down the national team invite.
“Woke up this morning to a misleading article smh. For people to actually believe that i dont want to represent my country is crazy. Kaya nga nglaro sa Alab and went abroad carrying the 🇵🇭 flag anywhere and everywhere i go,” wrote Parks.
“First off i didnt decline due to different priorities smh. Hiya oo pero priority hindi. First conference ko palang sa PBA pinayagan na ako ng Blackwater tapusin ABL stint ko kaya sobrang thankful ako. Tapos ngayon wala kaming import tapos mawawala ako nahihiya lang din ako sa BWE,” added the 26-year old three-time Asean Basketball League (ABL) Local MVP.
First off i didnt decline due to different priorities smh. Hiya oo pero priority hindi. First conference ko palang sa PBA pinayagan na ako ng Blackwater tapusin ABL stint ko kaya sobrang thankful ako. Tapos ngayon wala kaming import tapos mawawala ako nahihiya lang din ako sa BWE
— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) June 20, 2019
Aside from not wanting to abandon his PBA duties for Blackwater Elite, the son of legendary import Bobby Ray Parks bared that he is also begging off out of respect to the players who have already dedicated their time and effort for flag and country which he feels deserve the spot more than him.
“Nahihiya din ako sa mga players na nglaro during the qualifiers and ngpakahirap to get our spot at the World Cup. Sino ba namang proud na pinoy na hindi mahihiya kasi each player who played are deserving of a spot. Rinerespeto ko sila at yung pinaghirapan nila.”
Parks has so far appeared in 7 games for the Elite and has submitted averages of 23.43 points, 6 rebounds, 3.43 assists and 1.71 steals in 35 minutes of action. The 2nd overall pick of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft missed the entire first conference due to a prior commitment with Alab Pilipinas in the ABL.