“First time in my life I was considered an American in my own home country.”
This is the reaction of Fil-American Basketball star Bobby Ray Parks Jr. on a report regarding the new rule of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) that limits teams to only one Fil-foreign player, who should not be above 6 feet and four inches.
Seemingly disappointed with this new rule, Parks pointed out in a post in his Twitter account that he was born and raised in the Philippines, and that he even owns a Philippine passport.
The reigning Local Most Valuable Player of the ASEAN Basketball League further questioned whether he should be considered a foreigner only because of his American father, and because of his skin color.
Parks and his fellow Fil-American Lawrence Domingo were supposed to suit up for the MPBL team Mandaluyong El Tigres, however, due to this new rule, the team must now choose which of the two players will they field for the league’s upcoming second conference.
Recently, Parks and Domingo played for Alab Pilipinas, and were declared champions of ABL Season 8.
Parks also played for the Philippine National Men’s Basketball Team, popularly known as Gilas Pilipinas, in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games where they won gold medal.
Other Filipino-Americans have also bashed the new rule of the maiden league, which they called racist.
Other than the MPBL, professional basketball league PBA also has rules that limits the number of Fil-foreign players in their teams to five.