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Will Navarro apologizes to SBP but wishes to be released from Gilas contract too

Will Navarro wants to be released from his full-time Gilas contract but clarifies he is still committed to the national team. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Will Navarro apologized to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and acknowledged his errors that barred him from joining the Seoul Samsung Thunders for the upcoming KBL season.

In a statement over Instagram on Thursday, Navarro said that he personally went to SBP executive director Sonny Barrios to say sorry for signing with Seoul Samsung despite having a live contract to be a full-time Gilas Pilipinas player.

On Sunday, Barrios that the six-foot-six forward has to honor his Gilas contract, which comes with a clause for him to play for NorthPort in the PBA if he gets released.

"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. 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," Navarro said.

He then said that a management team is now assisting him in his affairs so that a similar incident will not happen again in the future.

"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," Navarro continued.

He then reiterated his commitment to play for Gilas should he get a call-up, but he too pleaded for him to be released from his contract.

"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," the former Ateneo Blue Eagle added.

Navarro, however, clarified that he will "abide by whatever decision they may arrive at regarding my case."

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