LOOK: Sports personalities, netizens react to Kiefer Ravena's situation
MANILA, Philippines – After being slapped with an 18-month international play ban from FIBA Monday, May 28, Kiefer Ravena received countless support from Filipinos on social media.
Describing the incident as an "honest mistake," Ravena took a pre-workout drink unaware that it contained ingredients that were included in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List of Prohibited Substances, prompting athletes and coaches to show their support for the phenom on social media.
Chooks-to-Go, one of the chief backers of Gilas Pilipinas, pledged to continue supporting the embattled star just like how Ravena always turned up ready when the national team needed him.
"Kiefer is one of the few stars who perfectly represents the values of our Manok ng Bayan mission," said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas.
"He has been a loyal soldier to our country, a good son to Chooks-to-Go, and a good brother to his teammates. Even if he is a busy entrepreneur, he always makes sure to answer the call of duty when the country needs him."
The 24-year-old played for multiple Chooks-to-Go-backed squads, including the Jones Cup, the Southeast Asian Games, and the 3x3 World Cup. Moreover, he was named as captain of the team that played during the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
Netizens who have been fans of Ravena's basketball prowess also rallied in support of the NLEX Road Warriors rookie.#WeStandWithKiefer