Alaska Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu said his team was committed to winning with integrity as part of a speech accepting the Lifetime Achievement award at the PBA Press Corps Awards on Monday.
Uytengsu said his franchise has adhered to this philosophy in the last 34 years that saw the Aces capture 14 league titles, including a Grand Slam under coach Tim Cone.
"Of course I'm proud of our 14 titles and more than 30 finals appearances, but I'm more proud of how we've honored the game," he said. "Little details of recognizing our players with championship rings or retiring their numbers and giving recognition when they retire from the PBA."
The former PBA chairman assured the team will continue to uphold that kind of principle despite "underhanded tactics", such as "dubious trades" and "under-reported salary caps," by other franchises in recent years which he said have caused the lack of parity among teams.
"We've always respected the league and honored the game by not participating in these tactics. I believe we have a greater responsibility than just winning games, and that is to set an example and show the next generation how to do things the right way," he said.
The PBA board was divided last year when then-commissioner Chito Narvasa approved a deal between the Columbian Dyip and San Miguel Beermen that allowed the latter to tab Christian Standhardinger as the top overall pick in the 2017 Draft.
"In more recent years we've seen dubious trades that create an even more unleveled playing field, creating further disparity in the league," Uytengsu said in apparent reference to the controversy.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has not yet commented on Uytengsu's speech.