- – I have nothing to do with invitations – says Mateusz Ponetka. His younger brother Marcel said in an interview with TVP that he learned from coach Igor Milic that he was not in the team before the EuroBasket, because Matthews did not want to.
- We have known about the Pontic brothers’ struggle for a long time, and now Matthews has taken up the matter for the first time. – I was silent about it for a long time and did not talk about Marcel. She asserts that people adore martyrs, and no one knows the truth that must be told now
- The captain of the crew believed that the quarrel in the family was started by his parents, who gave their son an ultimatum: either them or his girlfriend. Then he decided to stay with his sweetheart, who is now his wife. He enumerates that his father is in conflict not only with him, but also with his father-in-law, mother and sister
- “I warned Marcel that the family would do anything to isolate me because I didn’t do what they wanted.” Unfortunately, Marcel chose a different path. However, when he needed my help, including financial, I never refused him – says Matthews
- According to Mateusz Ponetka, Marcel and his wife insulted him several times, and the players’ parents did the same. He reveals that he had no contact with his 16-year-old younger brother, Casper, because his parents messed up all the trials.
- Mateusz Ponetka claims that now, after meeting Marcel with TVP, he cannot imagine playing with his brother in one squad. He adds that he does not know if he will join the team as scheduled on August 11
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JAKUB WOJCZYŃSKI: Why didn’t you come to Warsaw for the Polish national team’s training camp before the European Basketball Championships in September?
Mateusz Ponetka: For two reasons. I spoke to the club in Izmir, where I live on a daily basis. Everything happened here instantly. We thought we would come to an agreement and I would be able to undergo medical exams, sign a contract and join the staff in Istanbul. The second reason is the remedies bought here to treat minor injuries and prepare me for the whole season. That’s why we decided with the coach and staff manager that I will prepare myself individually and travel to Istanbul.
She was supposed to join the team in Istanbul on Thursday, August 11th. Do you expect your presence?
It’s questionable at this point. I don’t know if I will come because some matches are played behind my back. I have nothing to do with the invitations. I am happy to share with you the news I exchanged with coach Igor Milic a few weeks ago. They are proof that I am beyond that.
Maybe it has to do with your brother Marcel who is not in the frame. In an interview with TVP, he said that he learned from coach Milicic that it was you who did not want to attend. This is correct?
I’d like to see evidence that I said something like that or that I gave anyone an ultimatum. I told the coach that I didn’t talk about quotes and that we could talk about tactics. It is up to whoever appoints him and will be held accountable for that. The results show that my brother was not able to help the team in matches against teams that are weaker than us, which is why we are about to fight for pre-qualification for the European Championship.
The coach’s job is to choose the best possible squad and provide the team with the right atmosphere. As you can see from the matches in the last window to eliminate the World Championship, we were able to win something against a strong opponent. However, one thing is for sure: after the interview that appeared on TVP, I could no longer play with him in one squad. On top of that, I think employees need people with character, not people who cry in the media and feel sorry for themselves.
How was work in June and July with Milic during the World Cup qualifying matches?
We worked together for the first time and there were no problems.
Are the employees with Milicic going in the right direction in your opinion?
We have a few young players who are growing up and making constant progress. I don’t know if there will be any implications of this work during Milicic’s tenure, but the team will definitely get back on track at some point.
A few months ago you admitted that there was a conflict between you and Marcel. Can you now tell what is happening and when it started? Marcel says he doesn’t know why he’s been tarnished.
I am glad to tell you about the struggle not only with me, but with the whole family, in which Marcel and his parents constantly make each other victims. I will not allow anyone to abuse my family. I went through my life when I was 19 and since then my wife and I have been humiliated by my parents and later joined by Marcel. I spoke to him and warned him that the family would do anything to isolate me because I didn’t like them.
Unfortunately, Marcel chose a different path, that was in the 2015/2016 season at Zielona Góra. However, when he needed my help, including financial, I never refused him and he could always count on me. Instead, you insulted me and belittled my basketball skills. Let Marcel talk, for example, about the conversation with our coach in Zielona Gora, Sasso Filipovsky, where he cried. Or let him talk about hearing distortion in the eyes of other players, like Łukasz Koszarek. It finally stretched out for me. I wanted to help, and my family was constantly insulted.
Do you have anything to criticize about this conflict?
yes. I kept quiet about it for a long time and didn’t talk about Marcel. Martyrs and dispossessed people love so much, no one knows what truth to tell now.
If Marcel had been called to the staff, would you have refused to come?
After this situation, yes.
Last year, during a match in the VTB League, there were fierce clashes and foul play between the two of you. Was your insult related to the conflict or was it just about the game?
The play itself was brutal but unintended. I was in a hurry, I jumped in too late when there was nothing I could do. In the air, I had no control to get past it. There was a collision and I fell to my knees. I can apologize after this mistake no matter who made it. I didn’t, and that was unprofessional. The video has been simplified a bit as I have been provoked and challenged many times in the time, but I have to get past that. I made a mistake in this match, and I’m sorry for that.
What will happen until the conflict ends?
At this point there is no way to end the conflict and I can’t imagine playing with him in the same band. If the coach decides that Marcel will be more useful to the team, I will gladly give my place in the national team.
What is your relationship with your other brother, Casper?
I have no relationship with my other brother because my parents have been making contact with him difficult for many years. Besides, it is not only me, but also my grandfather and my aunts, who are not on their side. I have tried to meet Casper several times. I suggested him to come to me for a few days, but each time my parents forbade him. Anyway, it was the same with my grandfather once.
When I was younger, I was still living with my father and wanted to visit my grandfather, so my father rose up against him and insulted him in front of me several times. Grandfather helped build the house in which my parents live, and in their 20 years of residence, he has never even invited him to a stupid dinner.
It’s an open secret that you’re not in close contact with your parents now? Why did this happen?
I received an ultimatum from my parents: either them or my wife. I chose love and the person who takes care of me every day for the past 10 years. Then they began to take revenge on everyone around us. There are two camps in the family: the first is people against me, the other is neutral, that is, against my father. Parents, by manipulating and intimidating the elderly, my grandparents, demanded that they condemn me and my decisions.
My dad hasn’t spoken to said grandfather in 20 years. but why? Because my grandfather described my mother as an apartment instead of the auto repair shop my father used to take care of. My father even cut off contact with his mother, who lives two blocks away. why? Because she invited me and my wife to Christmas Eve. He’s not visiting his mom because he’s offended that he’s standing by us.
In the same way cut his sister and her husband. My parents are in conflict with the whole family except for one uncle who lives in the country and is not fully aware of what happened because he knows the stories from one side. Conflict in the family grew over the years. There were very unpleasant situations and provocations. When I played in Zielona Góra, my wife and I were called in front of my family and the fans.
My parents are notorious for writing offensive comments about us on the Internet. I have texts that were vulgar and offensive to us. My father is a doctor, and he often refers to me or my wife in a vulgar way. Don’t think it’s a good thing for a doctor? The mother is a teacher, trying to make herself a victim in this situation.
People in my hometown of Ostro Wielkopolsky, who only know their stories, certainly regret and sympathize with having such a son, but the truth is different. I am pleased with the fact that they blame my wife or people who have absolutely nothing to do with the conflict within the family. It’s time to look in the mirror.
Earlier you had a sharp exchange of opinions with Marcin Gortat and now with Marcel. Because of this, you may get the impression that you have a difficult personality and that it is not easy to live with it. do you agree?
First of all, I did not want to discuss these matters publicly with them, but both Gortat and Marcel began to do it themselves, so I decided to answer. Every week Jortaat translates his words on different sites, questioning his intelligence. He found a wonderful opportunity to provoke me again and joined my eternally unhappy brother.
Every club Marcel left in the shadow of scandal or conflict. No one mentioned her, but he returned from Russia only five days after the war as the last foreigner from his team. My friend who played with him confirmed that he just sat there for a long time because he wanted all his money. In my case, it was a betrayal of the country and I was called the killer, although I gave away much more money than he did. In any case, if you mention the money, it is better not to talk about what he borrowed from his grandmother and has not been able to return it to this day despite the large contracts he signed…
Finally, I would like to ask about the future of the club, because it is also very interesting for the fans. In mid-August, the Euroleague teams finish their formations. When can you sign your new contract?
I don’t know, talks are underway.
– First a football player, then a celebrity – he says about himself. He does not “walk the walls”, nor does he seek media attention. It is the media that cares about him, although not necessarily in a sports context. Łukasz Kadziewicz asked him about his footballing career, and Jaroslav Bennyuk answered what the sport had given him, what he took and whether he felt professionally satisfied. “In football, the ceiling is so high that it is difficult to say, ‘I am satisfied,’” he admits. He admits that his career has been greatly influenced by his own. Positive? Negative? In football and what connection it can have… with the European Union.
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