The NCAA Management Committee banned Jose Rizal University (JRU)’s John Amores indefinitely. This comes after the JRU Heavy Bombers player started a brawl in their Tuesday game against De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB).
In the fourth quarter of their game, the JRU forward first charged at a fan before rushing toward the CSB Blazers and attacking them. The statement reads, “Violence has no place in the NCAA. The ManCom condemns and will not tolerate any act of violence that will endanger our athletes, participants, officials, supporters, and the public. The safety of everyone is our primordial concern.”
NCAA host Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), however, assured that they are giving the player a chance. “We opted to use the term ‘indefinite suspension’ to give a little bit of window, give him a chance, not totally closing out the door for him to still have a bright future in his career as a player,” CSJL Athletic Director Fr. Vic Calvo said.
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Amores is not the only one suspended. JRU’s William Sy and Ryan Arenal are also suspended for two games for “committing disrespectful acts” before the management committee. CSB players Mark Sangco and Chris Flores, on the other hand, got similar penalties for engaging in the fight.
Furthermore, those who entered the court without recognition from the table officials meted a one-game suspension. These were CSB’s Ladis Lepalam and JRU’s Jason Tan, Joshua Guiab, William Sy, Jason Celis, Marwin Dionisio, Karl De Jesus, CJ Gonzales, and Jan Marc Abaoag.
According to Fr. Calvo, aggrieved parties may still file an appeal.
JRU has also issued an announcement suspending Amores from the remainder of NCAA Season 98. This means he will not be participating in the basketball games and practices of the JRU Heavy Bombers. The university apologized to the basketball community as well.
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