Kiefer Ravena Unfiltered: Thank You For The Love

Paul Lintag on Jun 05, 2018 07:39 AM
Kiefer Ravena Unfiltered: Thank You For The Love
In the short amount of time that the shocking revelation has been made official, Ravena has received a ton of support, mainly with the #WeStandWithKiefer campaign going on online.

In one of the more shocking twists in Philippine basketball, the Phenom Kiefer Ravena got himself suspended by FIBA for doping.

Testing positive for PEDs, Ravena has been suspended by FIBA for 18 months.

[Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs]

On top of that, Kiefer is also barred in playing the NLEX Road Warriors for the duration of his suspension. The FIBA ruling ultimately ended his promising rookie campaign in the PBA.

[Related: PBA: Kiefer out of NLEX for 18 months as well]

But wait, there's more.

Worse is the fact that Ravena is also prohibited in engaging in any basketball activities. That means no practice with Gilas Pilipinas or NLEX.

When FIBA says no, it means no. It's rather unfortunate but it's the price that Kiefer will have to pay for his mistake.

In the short amount of time that the shocking revelation has been made official, Ravena has received a ton of support, mainly with the #WeStandWithKiefer campaign going on online.

He's also received backlash, which is only natural.

Kiefer has dealt with controversy before however, this latest issue feels a little different.

It sure does because it's quite unprecedented in our country.

In his own words, Kiefer laments on the mistake that derailed his pro career. He makes sure to let his supporters know that he's beyond thankful and he's on a mission to make sure no one else suffers the same fate as him. He also deals with his haters, because why not.

 


Thank You For The Love

By Kiefer Isaac Ravena (as told to Paul Lintag)

 

I can't put into words how thankful I am for the people who supported me and are supporting me through these tough times.

For me, siguro sabi ni Lord na if anybody will go through something like this, ako yun. Hopefully I'll be an instrument of this advocacy that I'm going to have regarding PEDs and you know, things that are prohibited by the WADA.

I'm just overwhelmed with the amount of support, ang dami nagte-text sakin. I've never had 80-90 messages to read in my life unless it's Christmas or New Year. Nakakataba lang ng puso na hanggang sa ganito, most of them could care less but they're one with me and they stand by me with the unfortunate event that happened in my life. Once I return, for sure I'll repay them more than what they gave me.

For now, I'll try to roam around and talk to athletes here in the Philippines. It's very ironic no, na from a guy who tested positive, na he'll be the one who will be an advocate of such thing. Hopefully that's the plan, that's my calling for now. Besides being an athlete, yun ang gagawin ko.

[A message to the haters]

Well I just block them. Most of them don't really understand what happened, most of them don't understand what came out of my test. The ratio of people hating or criticizing me are way less than the people that are supporting me. Dun na lang ako magfo-focus.

 


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