PBA: Ray Parks not banned, says Marcial; future uncertain – report

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The PBA has clarified that embattled TNT Tropang Giga wing man Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is not banned from the league, contradicting a post from podcast channel Basketball Republic.

On Tuesday, Basketball Republic posted in their Facebook page that Parks has been banned by the PBA.

Ray Parks Jr. [photo: PBA Images]
Ray Parks Jr. [photo: PBA Images]
Later, in a report by Tiebreaker Times, the PBA cleared the air, reiterating that the 2019 2nd overall pick may still play for the league.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial noted that the Board of Governors have not discussed anything Parks-related during its most recent meeting.

“Walang ban. Hindi naman namin napag-uusapan sa board meeting ‘yan,” Marcial told Tiebreaker Times.

However, in a March 18 report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, current Board of Governors chairman Ricky Vargas was notably dismayed, as he issued a challenge to Parks to have himself sign with a PBA team.

“I challenge him (Parks) to offer his services to the other (PBA) teams and see for himself if he can land a job.”

“I’m sure no team will be interested in him considering the way he conducts himself.”

On March 6, Parks announced on Instagram that he will be sitting out the next season of the PBA, citing “family matters” as a reason.

The next chapter of the 6-4 wing man and 3-time ASEAN Basketball League MVP’s career is yet to be known publicly as of posting time.

Levi Verora