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Shiga postpones Kiefer Ravena presser, looks to resolve PBA issue first

Shiga has opted to postpone its introductory press conference for Kiefer Ravena in light of his contract dispute with the PBA.

“We have decided to postpone the press conference for Kiefer Ravena, which was scheduled to be held on Monday, June 7, on the club’s official Youtube channel,” the Lakestars wrote in a statement, Sunday morning.

The announcement came a day after the Filipino pro league’s Board of Governors insisted that the 27-year-old should honor his contract with the NLEX Road Warriors — a three-year pact he signed last September.

Chairman Ricky Vargas and the board held a special meeting just to discuss the issue that has put Ravena on the headlines this week.

It all began last Wednesday, when the B.LEAGUE announced that the second-generation cager had signed up with Shiga for the 2022-22 season.

Commissioner Willie Marcial, however, was quick to shut it down. He pointed out that Ravena cannot fly to Japan, as he has to honor his commitment with the MVP Group-owned franchise and the PBA, alongside the UPC.

That has caused a buzz online and has drawn mixed reactions. The league then added more fuel to the fire when it kept firm on its stance. It also said that it will relay its decision to the Japanese league.

The Lakestars have been aware of the recent developments surrounding Ravena and the PBA, thus the postponement of the presser.

“We have decided to postpone the press conference until a more appropriate time, as holding a press conference with Ravena and us at this time may add more confusion [to] the situation,” the team said.

“We will continue discussions to resolve this [issue]. We apologize to have worried you all, and we would like to ask you all for your patience and support.”

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