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

Paul Lintag on May 28, 2018 07:15 PM
PBA: Ravena's status with NLEX up in the air
For failing a random drug test issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), Ravena is banned from FIBA-sanctioned competitions for 18 months.

Kiefer Ravena's suspension from FIBA is already in effect.

For failing a random drug test issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), Ravena is banned from FIBA-sanctioned competitions for 18 months.

[Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs]

The suspension already started last Feb. 25 and will last until August 24, 2019.

As for his status with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, Ravena's camp is still seeking clarification from FIBA.

At the moment, Ravena can't do anything but wait and he's at the mercy of basketball's world governing body.

"For now, with the process of seeking clarification we don't want to... FIBA has been very lenient, baka pag pililtan pa, mapasama," Ravena said.

"With the help of Commissioner Willie Marcial and the PBA, we are working hand-in-hand, we're doing our best to really make this easier for me and for everybody," he added.

NLEX has released an official team statement regarding Kiefer.

 

In the time we’ve worked with @kieferravena15, we have known him to be a man of integrity and honor. He has always abided by the principles of fair play and sportsmanship since he was a young boy, which he has continued to demonstrate in his career and as a role model to the youth through his civic activities. While we as a team, do not condone the use of prohibited substances, we strongly believe that Kiefer would not knowingly take any such substance. . The pre-workout aid that Kiefer took is completely legal in the Philippines and readily available at supplement stores around the country. The instance identified by FIBA was the first time that Kiefer tried the said pre-workout aid, and since it was readily available to the general public, he did not realize that it contained a substance specified to be prohibited in FIBA competition. In addition, Kiefer has passed multiple drug tests conducted by the PBA since the time he joined the league, and has also passed previous tests conducted by the SBP and GAB. It was an honest mistake. We believe this does not reflect Kiefer's character in any way. . We support the SBP'S action to seek clarification with FIBA regarding the ruling with regards to whether the suspension will apply to the PBA. We will respect and uphold whatever the final decision may be. . We stand by Kiefer—our athlete, teammate, and member of the NLEX family—at this time. . #OurGuy #ArangkadaNLEX

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Obviously, the Road Warriors are sticking with their top rookie despite the uncertainty of his status in the ongoing PBA season.

NLEX says it will respect and uphold any decision by FIBA.

As for Kiefer, he maintains his innocence for unknowingly taking the workout drink that led to his FIBA suspension.

For the record, the drink Ravena consumed is called, "Dust" and the banned substances were Dimethylbutylamine, Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine.

Kiefer supposedly consumed Dust pre-game before the Gilas Pilipinas-Japan game at the MOA Arena.

He took the drug test afterwards and his urine Sample A came out positive for the three substances. Urine Sample B was tested and it came out positive again.

FIBA's decision to suspend Ravena was finalized on May 22.

"Plano? It's a waiting game," Ravena said of his PBA stint.

"It's very difficult to make actions right away and act on instinct," he added.

 

 

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