ATHLETE'S CORNER: Ricci Rivero rises


MANILA, Philippines – Ricci Rivero describes the episode as a "nightmare."

But the former La Salle standout hopes to bounce back from the string of controversies – which included accusations of drug use – by finding a fresh start with the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and honing his skills with the Gilas Pilipinas cadets. 

Rappler Sports sits down with Rivero in this first feature of Athlete's Corner where the 6-foot-1 combo guard shares his hopes and worries, gives a peek on his family's emotional struggles, and bares how he plans to rise again. –


Jasmine W. Payo

Jasmine joined Rappler as its sports editor in 2018 after over a decade of working as a sportswriter for a national broadsheet.