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Mahindra eyes buy-out of Fil-Swede’s PBA contract

ERIC Pineda, the team manager of KIA, now Mahindra, said he is seeking a buy-out of the contract of Fil-Swede center Michael Burtscher because he is constantly injured.

Pineda added he will meet with the player, who launched a tirade against the team on social media.

In a lengthy conversation with The Standard/Viva Sports, Pineda admitted that Burscher’s contract is valid until Aug. 31, 2016, although he said that “after Aug. 31 this year, we are buying out his contract because he is always injured and is going to be injured again.”

Pineda said they have already made an offer to buy out  Burtscher’s contract but their counter was way, way too much.

“They are going to my office today, but I told the guy you have been doing a lot of things you should not have been doing, that’s why you are  injured because it is in the Uniform Players Contract that they cannot engage in any other sports,” said Pineda.

The manager admitted that Burthscher suffered an ankle injury during practice. “We worked on that and everything was fine and then he re-injured himself on his knee. He wanted to do an operation, but that was the time we were already trying to buy-out his contract. But it’s not a problem for us because it’s our responsibility  and we will  have you operated, but it’s not something that is needed immediately .”

When informed of Burtscher’s complaints, liberally spiced with the F-word, Pineda said he should not have done that.

“We have been very nice to  him, he has been making a lot of money from the team and then when he didn’t receive his salary for one month, he complains. If he claims he  has no money that’s his problem not mine,” said Pineda

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