PBA: "Hindi ako nagsha-shabu," says Kiefer

Paul Lintag on May 28, 2018 07:56 PM
"Ayoko isipin ng tao na nagsha-shabu ako or nagma-marijuana, nagco-cocaine. That's way out of hand," --- Kiefer Ravena.

Kiefer Ravena is already suspended by FIBA. His status with NLEX in the PBA is uncertain.

Kiefer Ravena already took that workout drink that led to him failing a drug test initiated by FIBA. His results showed that he had three substances in his system that were banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

[Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs]

All of that has transpired and Ravena is facing the consequences right now.

However, in a country where it's almost too easy to label one as a drug user, Kiefer is asking to not mistake him as someone who's into doing illegal drugs.

"I guess what I'm really particular is saying that the prohibited substances that were found in the drink, it's not your common drugs," Ravena said Monday after an official press conference that shed light on his situation.

"Ayoko isipin ng tao na nagsha-shabu ako or nagma-marijuana, nagco-cocaine. That's way out of hand," he added.

[Related: PBA: Ravena's status with NLEX up in the air following FIBA suspension]

Just for clarity, Ravena failed his drug test because he took a drink with ingredients that are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances.

Last Feb. 25 before Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Ravena consumed a workout drink called "Dust." 

The drink was bought over the counter.

Illegal drugs are well... illegal. The likes of Shabu and Marijuana are under the category of illegal drugs and are not to be confused with prohibited substances.

For the record, the substances found in Ravena's system that were in Dust were, Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine.

Ravena has declined to mention where he bought the product and has been very apologetic of his actions.

Kiefer says it was an honest mistake and a lesson learned. He has no one to blame but himself.

"Kasi pag sinabi ko kung saan bibilhin baka puntahan pa at bilhin ng ibang tao. Baka subukan kung ano ba talaga feeling nun, ako pa naka-impluwensya di ba. Baka may madamay pa akong ibang Pinoy na atleta diyan na gusto lang subukan para lang masabi na 'ah ganito pala yung tine-take niya,'" he said.

"With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," Ravena added.




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