By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
After one week of investigation, Jose Rizal University already came up with their final decision regarding the fate of basketball player John Amores.
In an official statement released by the university, Amores will no longer be part of any varsity sports program at JRU.
“After a thorough evaluation, the board is convinced that additional sanctions should be imposed against him as part of the internal processes on discipline observed by the school,” said the school’s statement.
After facing complaints four months ago when he punched UP recruit Mark Gil Belmonte in a preseason game, Amores failed to contain himself and went berserk during JRU’s NCAA game against the College of Saint Benilde (CSB).
Amores felt he got tripped after going down at the 3:25 mark of the final canto and suddenly exploded in anger. The JRU veteran then charged CSB’s bench which resulted in two players getting knocked down after Amores’ wild punches.
Mark Sangco, CSB’s player whom he had an altercation with earlier, was the primary target once he got past the official’s table.
Amores wasn’t done with his rampage and later on landed solid punches to CSB’s Jimboy Pasturan and Taine Davis. The NCAA security was finally able to restrain Amores and led him to the dugout that dispersed the tension.
“Contingent with this action: (i) all privileges accruing to Mr. Amores as a student-athlete have been canceled; and (ii) based on the Student Manual of the University, he has been further meted out the penalty of suspension from his classes and has been required to undergo community service,” the school explained during GMA 7’s 24 Oras report.
On the brighter side, Amores will still be pursuing his studies at JRU and will be receiving proper counseling to help him further.
Amores will not be attending his classes for now and will have to render community service as ordered by the university.