Perasol believes Ravena committed ‘an honest mistake’

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first_imgBo Perasol during his Ateneo days coaching Kiefer Ravena. PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBo Perasol, who coached the Ateneo Blue Eagles from 2013 to 2016, is also standing by his besieged former player Kiefer Ravena.Ravena tested positive for prohibitive substances after claiming to have taken a pre-workout supplement that contained components banned in the World Anti-Doping List.ADVERTISEMENT Perasol believes it was an “honest mistake” by Ravena, who got an 18-month suspension from Fiba.“I was surprised but at the same time, if I wanted to believe what he was saying, it was really an honest mistake on his part,” Perasol told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday during the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between Nowhere To Go But UP Foundation Inc. and 3M Philippines at the Quezon Hall inside UP Diliman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPerasol knows Ravena all too well having coached him for three years in college and he believes the star guard will come out of the adversity not only as a greater basketball player but a better person as well.“If something is going to be taken out of this, and knowing him, he’s going to go through this. I know he’s going to be better right after this,” said Perasol, who is now calling the shots for University of the Philippines. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Like I said, he can practice with us and teach my players,” he said.“He needs to stay competitive. He can’t just stay there. He needs to play or else he’s gonna lose a year of experience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Ravena is hoping to bring awareness to his fellow Filipino athletes to not commit the same mistake.And Perasol thinks Ravena’s experience will indeed serve as a valuable lesson to his peers.“It’s just unfair that this happened to him at the early stage of his career so this shouldn’t have happened to him but because it happened, the silver lining in this is that people, athletes are going to be aware of the danger of taking just any drink.”As it stands, the suspension also forces Ravena to miss the same period of time with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA.But Perasol has thought of a remedy for Ravena to keep him busy and in shape.ADVERTISEMENT Balotelli praised for reacting to racist Italy fans’ banner Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img

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