-Star Rookie Kiefer Ravena failed the test by the WADA
- Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Kiefer Ravena is ineligible to play FIBA games for 18 months
- Celebrities, fellow athletes stand by embattled Kiefer Ravena
Several Filipino celebrities and players expressed their full support after the PBA rookie guard Kiefer Ravena was suspended by the FIBA for failing the test conducted by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).
Reportedly, the star rookie tested positive for ingredients namely higenamine, methylhexan-2-amine (methylhexaneamine), and dimethylbutylamine, all of which are banned under the WADA list.
According to Fhm.com.ph, Kiefer Raven is ineligible to suit up for any FIBA-sanctioned sports events like the SEA Games, Asian Games, and FIBA World Cup from February 25, 2018, to August 24, 2019.
After this striking turn of events in Ravena’s career surfaced, several celebrities and athletes showed their full support to the PBA rookie.
In her Tweeter posts, Gretchen Ho showed her full support to the fellow atenista with the hashtag “#WeStandWithKiefer”
His mother team, the NLEX Road Warriors, also poured their support for the star rookie and said that they will always stand by him no matter what. Having his team’s trust says a lot about him.
His college rival and Gilas Pilipinas teammate Jeron Teng also sent our his support to his fellow PBA rookie.
“It could have been any of us. Stay strong @kieferravena! #KiefTheFaith,” Teng, who is now playing for the Alaska Aces in the PBA, posted on Twitter.
Ravena said in a press conference that it was all an “honest mistake” as he was taking the drink unaware of the ingredients. FIBA made it clear that Ravena was not positive of illegal substances. Meanwhile, Kiefer Ravena still has to wait for FIBA decision whether his suspension also covers his professional basketball journey.
According to the embattled star, he takes full responsibility of this honest mistake and asks his fans to include him in their prayers amidst the controversy.
Kiefer Ravena is NLEX Road Warriors’ guard and Gilas Pilipinas mainstay. He was the no. 2 pick in last year’s PBA Rookie.
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