WorldofVolley was among the first volleyball websites to write about the unpleasant scenes from Finland, where there was a big argue between head coach of LiigaSärkät Shailen Ramdoo and player Bruno Ribeiro Baltar. After that, coach Ramdoo has contacted us and denied that there was any physical contact between him and the player, and accused Baltar for unprofessional behavior.
But, Baltar has also decided to tell his side of the story. He contacted us and sent a letter, which we now present to you:
“Shailen Ramdoo has told his side of the story and now I want to tell mine. The situation escalated during the time-out in the second set of the game in Joensuu. Ramdoo got mad at me because of one missed point. I tried to tell him that the pass was bad and that it was only one single point. Ramdoo got upset about the situation and started behaving aggressively. He shouted at me, told me to sit down and then he pushed me! There were plenty of witnesses.”
“I am a professional and I always act like one. I’m an experienced player and I also would want to state my own opinion. I expect that the coach treats me as a professional. But that was not the case in LiigaSärkät. Ramdoo thinks he is some kind of a ‘supercoach’ who is always right, but in my opinion, the other players are just scared to approach him and talk to him. However, I don’t have any troubles talking to him, but he is just not interested in hearing players’ opinions.”
“The first incident where he verbally assaulted me happened just a few weeks upon my arrival. I can’t accept him shouting to me and pointing his finger at me like I’m a child. I am also surprised about the accusations about me not adapting the team rules. I haven’t had any problems with the team or the rules. Nor have I had comparable troubles with my previous coaches even though I have been playing volleyball for ten years. Shailen Ramdoo also said that he is a well-known coach and he will destroy my reputation and end my career so that I will never again play in Europe. I don’t think that is the right attitude for a professional coach.”
“Ramdoo informed me that my games in LiigaSärkät has come to an end. But because of the last conflict and what he said about me, I wouldn’t have continued playing for Ramdoo by any means.”
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