William Navarro apologizes to SBP during Gilas’ practice

Will Navarro issued an apology to the SBP but still expressed his intent to play overseas (FIBA photo)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

William Navarro announced that he already sent his sincere apologies to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regarding the issue of his Letter of Clearance (LOC) to play in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

In a lengthy Instagram post, Navarro announced what happened during his first Monday practice session with the men’s basketball national team.

Navarro said that he approached SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios at his office and admitted his errors during the process of seeking his LOC.

“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 through the PBA special draft, NorthPort Batang Pier,” Navarro posted.

Last year, the two-way small forward was selected by the NorthPort Batang Pier franchise during the Gilas special rookie draft and is yet to make his debut in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

SBP earlier protested Navarro’s move to play in the KBL, claiming the Gilas young cadet has an existing contract until March 2023 and can’t make ties with other leagues until his contract is finished.

However, despite Navarro’s sincere apologies, he still reiterated his desire to play overseas and make his debut in the KBL squad Seoul Samsung.

“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,” added Navarro.

Currently, Navarro will have to serve his contract with the SBP and will most likely play all FIBA windows in the build-up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.