CHICAGO – Months after his very public and controversial split from TNT Tropang Giga, Bobby Ray Parks had gone incognito.

He navigated like a witness protection program asset, leaving no real world footprints or social media fingerprints .

Parks is safe and sound and ready to face the world again as he seeks to find “peace and serenity and the genuineness of basketball” through the Japan B.League’s Nagoya Diamond Dolphins.

During a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Nagoya, Parks made a rare media appearance on Power and Play with Kom Noli Eala on Radyo5 and other platforms.

Notorious for being aloof and aloof from the media, Parks was not only unusually open with Eala, the former NU shooter was wonderfully engaging.

Those were just a few of the many emotions that went up Rays gray hoodie sprang up, and it was a far cry from what appeared to be confusion, sadness, and indifference that weighed on his tenure at the PBA.

From the darkness of his PBA experience, Parks saw only the bright red carpet being rolled for him by his new team.

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He also talked about the toxicity he had suffered from the unkind, perhaps even cruel words that fans burst out to him during his “sabbatical,” which eventually led to his departure from the PBA.

Determined to move forward, he humbled himself and apologized to the PBA, TNT and fans for what he calls “miscommunication”.

I misjudged, misunderstood this kid. I realized that now after hearing his side of the story. And I believe him.

Anyone who says they need time to look after their family needs to be considered when in doubt. I was wrong and stupid for taking the low road.

“My heart was in the right place,” he said of the time it was engulfed by controversy.

We can now say with certainty that the Bobby Ray Parks saga belongs in the “Life is not fair” file.

But it comforts me to know that Ray Ray is much better now.

Free from intrigue. Free from suffering. Free from the prying eyes of a fan base enjoying the personal business of professional athletes.

As an added bonus from Karma, his salary in Japan is higher than he could have ever imagined if he had stayed in the PBA.

It’s not a prison break yet. But there’s a huge hole in the fence from which talent emerges.

The PBA needs to mend some of its mistaken, archaic ways. Otherwise we could watch all B.League games on TV instead of our own beloved league.

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