Chances of Kiefer Ravena playing in Japan have taken a heavy blow after the PBA doubled their stance on the Star Guard’s need to perform their contract with NLEX.

Ravena has an existing contract with the Road Warriors when the Japan B. League Shiga Lakestars announced they have signed the 27-year-old for the upcoming season.

He also signed a Uniform Player ‘Contract (UPC) preventing him from playing in any other league outside of the PBA.

“The board of directors has decided that Kiefer has to keep his contract with NLEX and the PBA. There we are, “PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas said in a virtual press conference on Saturday, June 5th.

Immediately after the Lakestars announced the signing of Ravena on Wednesday, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said the NLEX -Ass was “not tolerated” in Japan due to his live contract and the UPC.

Marcial sat down with the PBA Board of Governors to discuss the matter and made a decision on Saturday.

“The board of directors has looked at us with all their wisdom the possible scenarios and risks of these scenarios and has come to the decision that it is best to strictly follow the policy of not breaking contracts,” said Vargas.

“I know for the fans of Kiefer this is a disappointment. But after looking at it all, the board decided that the PBA must be protected,” said Vargas. “We thought it was best to do this right now.” –

Delfin Diochino dreamed of becoming a PBA player but he didn’t have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to be an athlete – to write about her.

He started journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler after graduating in 2017.