PBA: Standhardinger comes to the defense of an embattled Kiefer

Paul Lintag on May 30, 2018 10:42 PM
PBA: Standhardinger comes to the defense of Kiefer
Teammates in Gilas Pilipinas and the top-2 picks of the 2017 PBA Draft, Standhardinger and Ravena are as close as they could get.

Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena have grown to be very close friends since last year.

Teammates in Gilas Pilipinas and the top-2 picks of the 2017 PBA Draft, Standhardinger and Ravena are as close as they could get.

So when Ravena got an 18-month suspension from FIBA for doping, Standhardinger was affected as well.

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Standhardinger was particularly affected for all the negative comments his friend has been receiving since the controversy went mainstream.

And on Wednesday, just after he picked up his first career PBA win, Standhardinger took the time to defend Kiefer.

"I've been seeing a lot of bad comments regarding that, regarding Kiefer's character. That's just complete... I don't know if I can use the word, but bullsh*t," Standhardinger said as he came to the defense of Ravena.

"Kiefer is a great guy, he's a very responsible guy," he added.

Kiefer tested positive form three substances included in the WADA's list of Prohibited Substances.

He got those substances in his system after taking a pre-workout drink called Dust.

Ravena admitted to the violation but he called it an honest mistake and he has accepted the 18-month ban.

"If you guys check the FIBA application  -- nothing against the FIBA  -- there's so many substances, it's a fricking long list. So it's very hard," Standhardinger said, implying that the violation could have happened to anyone.

"It's very easy to just have an error and make a mistake there. I think Kiefer apologized, and Kiefer will have ... I mean, that's a big punishment, being out for 18 months, and that's his punishment. There should not be any bad comments or bad-mouthing, or shaming. That's not your spot to do, you know? He got his punishment, he took responsibility, what more do you want to do?" he added.

Ultimately, Standhardinger says that everyone can learn a lesson from Kiefer's mistake.

But the top rookie lauded Ravena for handling the situation as best as he can.

"I think that it's a good learning point for all of the Gilas players," he said.

"But I think Kiefer is handling the situation great, and with a lot of character and responsibility," Standhardinger added.

 

 

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