Manila, Philippines—It seems that Kiefer Ravenna’s B-League stay has been blessed by his team NLEX.
In a Facebook post, Ravenna thanked NLEX for its support and “blessings” when it was announced that he had signed with NLEX. Shiga Lakestars, joining with brother Thurdi in the Japanese professional league.
“In light of today’s announcement, I would like to thank our team Shiga Luxstars for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Ravena wrote. “Thanks for the faith and belief that a Filipino can perform and play in such a prestigious league.”
“I would also like to thank my NLEX Road Warriors family and management… The support you have given me throughout my stay has given me nothing but joy and great memories. It will always be our dream to win the championship. I am and will always be proud of this family. Thank you for showering me your blessings and supporting me in this next phase of my career.”
The NLEX said in a statement that it supports Ravenna’s move to the B-League, but added that the arrangement should be consistent with the PBA’s contract for uniformed players and league rules.
NLEX wrote, “We understand and support Kiefer’s desire for personal advancement.”
“NLEX Road Warriors stand by the tripartite agreement between our organization, the PBA, and the individual player, which is enshrined in the Uniform Player Contract (UPC). Kiefer’s Japan engagement is compliant with the terms and policies of the UPC as well as the PBA’s terms and policies. should be.”
The UPC is a contract designed by the PBA itself and is an agreement between the club and its player. Once a player is signed with his club, that puts his playing rights in the hands of the franchise.
It is yet to be revealed how the contract issues will be resolved.
Just hours after PBA commissioner Willie Martial said that by the rules, Raveena not allowed to go Japan signed a three-year deal in September 2020, signing a retrospective contract with NLEX.
But Ravenna thanked the league and board of governors for their support.
“To the PBA and the Board of Governors, thank you for always supporting me. I’ll be forever grateful for what you’ve given us athletes,” Ravenna posted.
He also maintained his commitment to Glass Pilipinas and Samahang Basketball NG Pilipinas.
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