A fuming Marc Pingris lashed out at an online seller for supposedly using his name and that of his family’s to sell shoes.
Posting screen grabs of the said Facebook user’s business transactions using his name, he wrote in a fiery message in bold capitals blasting off the said page and the administrators behind it.
He clarified that his shoe sponsor is Titan and that he keeps no Facebook account and only has Instagram on social media. He stressed that he didn’t know Marcuz Sebastian de Mesa and Richard Umali, who appeared to be the sellers making transactions using his name.
Pingris wrote, “MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO SA MGA NILOLOKO NYO!!!! GAGAMITIN NYO PA PAMILYA KO PARA MAKABENTA KAYO NG SAPATOS NYO!! TITAN PO LAHAT NAG BIGAY NG SAPATOS KO !!!! AT ISA PA WALA AKO FACEBOOK!! IG LANG MERON AKO AT WALA AKO KILALA NA “MARCUZ SEBASTIAN DE MESA AT RICHARD UMALI!!! MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO SA MGA TAO!!!!”
(Be ashamed of yourselves for going to the extent of using my family to sell your shoes! Titan gives me my shoes! And for the record, I have no Facebook account. I only have Instagram and I do not know any Marcuz Sebastian de Mesa and Richard Umali! Be ashamed of yourselves!)
Pingris appears in the account’s profile photo while his whole family including wife Danica Sotto and kids is displayed as the account’s cover photo.
Banking on Pingris’ uploaded photos, the said account sells Nike shoes.
In a Facebook messenger chat, a customer asked De Mesa for an “ID for verification since wala akong makitang photos ng owner (since I can’t see photos of the owner).”
However, De Mesa said the reason why he chose to remain private was that “NGA mit I’d ko sa scam sa Nueva ecija at bulacan (my name was used in a scam transaction in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan).”
The customer still pushed to see any verification even on the Facebook page of Pingris but De Mesa said, “Hindi po ako nag out ng I’d madam eh sorry po (I really don’t reveal id’s madam, sorry).”
He, however, said his identity could be vouched for by a certain Ping.
As their business deal continued, De Mesa showed bank transactions as supposed proof that he was a legitimate seller. In the end, the customer asked De Mesa for his relation to Pingris and he answered, “Endorser po siya ng Nike friend po madam.”
The customer in the end expressed delight at knowing that the seller he/she was transacting with was related to the famous basketball player.
Pingris also screen-grabbed the Facebook page of the Richard Umali he mentioned in his post. Noticeably, the profile photo of Umali did not have his face and was only represented by a black ribbon.
In another Instagram post, Pingris vented his anger at the administrators of his fake Facebook account, whose profile photo was changed “to attract more customers.”
Netizens quickly sided with Pingris and mostly everyone advised the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) player to report the incident to the concerned authorities. /ra