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Amores apologizes for CSB assault, cites family problems for outburst

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Amores apologizes for CSB assault, cites family problems for outburst

HOTHEAD. JRU officials try to restrain John Amores following his on-court outburst.


Former JRU Heavy Bomber John Amores breaks his silence with a public apology two weeks after assaulting four CSB players, and says family problems played a part in his eventual on-court breakdown

MANILA, Philippines – Two weeks after his controversial assault on four CSB players, former JRU guard John Amores broke his silence on his game-ending punching frenzy that got him two additional physical injury complaints and eventually cost him his spot on the Heavy Bombers athletics program.

Appearing on PlayItRight TV alongside Terrafirma import Lester Prosper – who had personally given the NCAA standout some advice after the shocking incident – the 23-year-old Amores revealed that the stress of family problems caused him to blow his top and go on a rampage against Blazers players Mark Sangco, Migz Oczon, Jimboy Pasturan, and Taine Davis, and injuring the faces of the latter two.

“I’m just troubled these past few days. Just different kinds of emotional pressure that led me to lose it,” he said in Filipino. “I didn’t expect it to happen. It just did.”

“Family problems are part of it, just mixed in with all the others. I haven’t been able to see my baby for a while. I’ve been with her since she was born, taking care of her, and now I’m not,” he continued, admitting he still doesn’t fully understand how it affected him mentally.

Amores added that he has undergone at least two mental health counseling sessions since his outburst and is prepared to do any kind of community service that his school JRU will tell him to do.

Just last Saturday, November 19, the 6-foot-2 guard personally attended the Blazers’ practice in CSB and apologized to the team and their coach Charles Tiu, which was warmly received by the affected parties, including Pasturan and Davis.

“I apologized and asked for forgiveness for what I’ve done,” Amores continued. “To the fans, Benilde’s fans, the JRU community, the NCAA community and its Mancom (Management Committee).”

“I’m really sorry for what I’ve done and I hope I get to change myself, and show you who I really am as a changed man.”

If he plays his cards right, Amores will still have one more collegiate playing year left, as he will now be forced to undergo a one-year residency with a different school before he ages out at 25 years old. He still hopes to play in the PBA after he has straightened out his issues on and off the court. –

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