Last Monday, the local basketball scene was shaken when NLEX Road Warrior and Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Kiefer Ravena was hit with an 18-month ban by FIBA for testing postive for WADA-banned substances.
Ravena will sit out all basketball-related activities, including all PBA conferences until August of next year.
One person who has been very supportive and has stuck by Ravena in this tumultuous time has been volleyball star Alyssa Valdez.
Valdez, who has been in a relationship with Ravena for years, has been sighted all over social media sticking by her beau.
The former Ateneo Lady Eagle spoke with the media earlier today after Creamline whipped Bali Pure, reiterating her support for Ravena.
“We can say we’re okay. But I think Kiefer is a man who stands for everything na nangyayare,” the 24-year-old said after Creamline’s sweep of the Bali Pure-NU Purest Water Defenders.
“It’s his own… I don’t know how to answer din kasi I’m not in his position, but I know everyone who’s behind him is really supporting him din,” the former Ateneo Lady Eagle added.
“Looking at the brighter side, alam na natin kung ano pa ‘yung mga dapat nating gawin para maging careful tayo sa lahat ng mga bagay.”
As an athlete, Valdez is also taking this as a lesson to be more careful of what she uses to prepare for games.
“I think that’s the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyare kasi magiging careful na lahat,” Valdez expressed. “Everything’s over-the-counter and it’s really hard din to tell if something’s banned because it’s being sold. We just want to perform well and be ready para sa games.
“I know Kiefer will come back strong for his basketball career.”