William Navarro apologizes to SBP, seeks clearance to play in Korean Basketball League

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — William Navarro has apologized to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) after he signed with the Seoul Samsung Thunders in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

The former Ateneo standout failed to get clearance from the SBP to join the Thunders.

In an Instagram post, Navarro said he talked to the Gilas Pilipinas officials led by head coach Chot Reyes, team manager Butch Antonio, and executive director Sonny Barrios apparently to address the matter.

He said he showed his commitment by attending the national team practice last Monday.

"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 on social media.

He explained, "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 (Philippine Basketball Association) Drafting Team thru the PBA special draft, Northport Batang Pier. Since the fallout of my actions, I 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."

Navarro is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be released by the SBP, PBA, and Batang Pier, which holds his rights so he can play for Seoul in the upcoming KBL season.

"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," he said.

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