Choco Mucho defends its players over ‘snubbing incident’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) — The Choco Mucho management has defended the Flying Titans against the backlash over reports that they allegedly snubbed their fans who approached them during their trip to Boracay.

“The team was in Boracay recently for a short break after a busy year of heartbreaking finishes. A video clip from that trip went viral, with netizens portraying some of our players as snobs who lack ‘good manners and right conduct,’” the management said in a statement released on Monday.

"Unfortunately, what is not included in the viral clip are other videos online showing the players acknowledging and talking to fans, and accommodating selfies and videos with them while trying to have their break,” it added.

In the viral video, the volleyball players were seen boarding a shuttle while fans were greeting them. It drew criticisms from the public, including television host Kim Atienza, who said that it was “an irritating yet sad sight.”

But the Choco Mucho management said the team’s fans know “how warm, respectful, appreciative, and accommodating the ladies are.”

“While we acknowledge that our team could have handled that particular encounter in the video better, we denounce malicious posts that put our players, our team, and our company in a bad light,” it added.

The Flying Titans finished seventh in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.