Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

A two-year ban may spell hassle for Justin Brownlee’s profession, says a former Barangay Ginebra star.—FIBA PHOTO

Jayjay Helterbrand, a former longtime start line guard of Barangay Ginebra, stated a most ban for a flunked drug check can be very detrimental for Justin Brownlee.

“Two years for a participant is a very long time. That’s a waste. As a result of actually, how previous is Brownlee?” Helterbrand stated in a chat with former execs within the PBA Motoclub YouTube channel.

Brownlee is dealing with a suspension of so long as two years for testing optimistic for Carboxy-THC, a banned substance underneath the doping guidelines used within the Hangzhou Asian Video games.

“OA naman (That’s such an overreaction), two years? Wow,” Helterbrand stated.

The speedy playmaker spent his total Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) profession with Barangay Ginebra, manning the backcourt together with Mark Caguioa because the duo got here to be generally known as “The Quick and the Livid” for its relentlessness on offense.

The 35-year-old Brownlee will waste two of his remaining productive years within the freezer if slapped with the utmost punishment by the Worldwide Basketball Federation (Fiba). Nevertheless, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) stated it’s working with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to have any doable ban diminished.

Gathering paperwork

Brownlee and the SBP at the moment are engaged on gathering medical paperwork to show the traces of Carboxy-THC present in his system come from treatment Brownlee took whereas coping with an ankle damage that ultimately required surgical procedure to take away bone spurs.

“It takes 30 days [for the substance] to [flush] out of your system. And perhaps when he was nonetheless in China he nonetheless had it in his system,” urged Helterbrand.

Ginebra is the defending champions of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup which opens Nov. 5 and a suspension may derail the Gin Kings’ title-retention bid. Brownlee may additionally miss the season-ending Governors’ Cup—a match the place he has led the Gin Kings to 4 titles.

Brownlee may additionally miss an Olympic-qualifying match in July, which would be the Philippines’ final probability to e book a ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino has stated that the Ginebra star’s camp and the nation’s basketball leaders at the moment are within the technique of making ready for a number of eventualities, which incorporates Brownlee’s B-sample additionally yielding a optimistic consequence. INQ

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