University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball Ricci Rivero is on the hot seat after he was said to have made fun of an athlete training inside the UP Campus.
In his Instagram stories, he uploaded a text saying “iniwan ko na po siya kasi baka maunahan ako sa cr” before uploading a clip of a woman speed walking on the side of the street.
Image: Screengrab from Ricci Rivero’s Instagram story
The post has reached the woman’s coach and he took his disappointment to Twitter, saying that it’s a shame that Rivero had humiliated his fellow UP athlete and his post is not a good influence to all his followers.
Bilang coach ng batang nilait at pinag muka mong katatawanan sa publiko at bilang kapwa atleta mo na rin sa UP, nakaka hiya ka. Una sa lahat public humiliation yang ginawa mo. Hindi magandang impluwensya sa daang libo mong followers yang ginawa mo. @_ricciiirivero
At kung gusto mong i discuss ko pa sayo ang biomechanics ng nilalait mong sport, gagawin ko para lang maintindihan mo na mahirap ang sport na yan at hindi ka lait lait!
Netizens had mixed reactions regarding the now viral tweets. This Twitter user said that Rivero’s attitude has changed ever since he started getting more recognition.
TinatangkiLik kc ng mga tao etong kumag na’to, kya Lumaki ang uLo! LumaLaking basura ang ugaLi.
The Diliman Files has explained that there’s nothing wrong with calling out someone if he did something wrong as it educates people that it’s never okay to make fun of other people.
Here’s the thing, we don’t make fun of people. Period. There’s also nothing wrong with calling out people’s mistakes in public especially if what they did has a public impact. It educates other people, and not only the one called out.
Idk why ang daming replies na pinagtatanggol si Ricci where in fact kitang kita naman that what he did was really disrespectful. If other people would do this, I bet the response would be different
Other netizens defended Rivero saying that the coach also humiliated him by posting the said tweet and not dealing with it privately.
at some point, sana kinausap mo na lang siya privately hindi yung binroadcast mo pa yung pagkakamali nung tao. di ko alam kung kanino ko mas mahihiya e 🤷🏻♀️ such a childish act 🤷🏻♀️
Ikaw na nagsabi, “kababawang post” pero pagdating sayo ginagawa mong big deal
The basketball player has posted an apology on his Instagram stories.
In case u guys are annoyed w my story yesterday about the walker (walkathon thing).. im not making fun of the sport and the athlete. My bad
SORRY ‘BOUT IT