UAAP: NU's Troy Rike detained for 20 hours by Bureau of Immigration

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 29, 2018 07:26 AM
UAAP: NU's Rike detained for 20 hours by Immigration
Troy Rike continues to want nothing more than to prove he is a Fiipino and to prove his worth

Troy Rike’s ordeal with regards to his citizenship appears to be far from finished.

National University’s first-year big man revealed on Friday night that he was detained for around 20 hours in the Bureau of Immigration’s head office in Pasay last September 19.

There, his citizenship as a Filipino was questioned. Rike’s mother is a Filipina, but he grew up in California.

The development was first reported by CNN’s Pauline Versoza.

This detention came right after Rike and the Bulldogs lost to De La Salle University.

As per his narration to Versoza, he was taken from the MOA Arena to the BI office in the evening and was only released the following night.

This isn’t the first time the Filipino-American’s citizenship has been questioned as right before the season started, he was forced to fly to the US to obtain necessary documents to prove his roots to the Philippines and therefore be eligible to play.

In the end, Rike made one thing clear – he will be there when NU takes on league-leading Adamson University on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

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