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Will Navarro asks for release from Gilas, NorthPort

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 4:09 PM by GDM

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William Navarro addressed the issue with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas after he signed with the Seoul Samsung Thunders in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

The former Ateneo forward published a letter on his Instagram post, apologizing to the top SBP officials.

"Today, I met with Exec Director Sonny Barrios at his office and reiterated my sincere apology for my error and the misunderstanding and miscommunication caused by my signing up with the Samsung Thunders of Korea," he wrote.

"I now fully recognize that I have an existing contract with the SBP and am aware of its provision re: the rights of my PBA Drafting Team thru the PBA special draft, Northport Batang Pier. Since the fallout of my actions, have sought professional assistance and am now once again under the advisement of a management team that will assist me with contracts and commitments moving forward."

To recall, the federation needed to clear Navarro from suiting up in KBL since he still has a live contract due on March 2023. This is why Navarro hopes that the SBP, the PBA, and NorthPort would grant his release for him to play in Korea.

I seek the kind understanding and generosity of the SBP, the PBA and the Northport Batang Pier Team to give me a chance to pursue my and my family's dreams for my basketball career. I pledge to abide by whatever decision they may arrive at regarding my case,"


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