Ginebra not appealing Justin Brownlee's anti-doping test but keeps him in PBA Comm's Cup lineup

For now, Justin Brownlee is Ginebra's import for the PBA Commissioner's Cup. PSC-POC Media Pool (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ginebra still listed Justin Brownlee in its PBA Commissioner's Cup lineup even if there is uncertainty of whether he will be suspended for a long time or not.

The Gin Kings' resident import is still part of the team as it stands, but it could change if the suspension slapped on him for failing an anti-doping test during the recent Asian Games stands.

Brownlee is currently "provisionally suspended" pending an appeal, which means his B sample will be tested too if his camp indeed opts to challenge the initial ruling.

However, Gilas Pilipinas team manager and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua revealed that the B sample was taken from the same urine that was used for Brownlee's A sample, which was tested to have traces of the prohibited substance carboxy-THC.

With that said, Chua ruled out the possibility of contesting the positive test at least on the Ginebra team management's end.

"Para maintindihan ng lahat, ang sinasabi namin, huwag na lang [i-appeal] kasi yung B, yun pa rin yung ihi niya. Hindi siya ite-test ng panibagong urine," Chua said during the preseason press conference at the Diamond Hotel.

He added, "We're just gonna wait kung ano ang sasabihin nila sa SBP. As of now, wait and see kami kung ano ang gagawin kay Brownlee."

Brownlee is at risk of getting banned for up to two years, although another possibility is to at least shorten the suspension on him so that he could still be available at the tail end of the season-opening conference.

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