(Photo : Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) BULACAN, PHILIPPINES – FEBRUARY 27: Justin Donta Brownlee #32 of Team Philippines competes in the course of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifier Group E recreation between Philippines and Jordan at Philippine Arena on February 27, 2023 in Bulacan, Philippines.
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) group Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is at the moment in search of a potential substitute for his or her long-time resident import, Justin Brownlee, who has bolstered the group since 2016.
“We’re still looking. But I told Justin that, ‘As of now, we’re hanging. I hope you understand that we have to look for a replacement’,” Ginebra group governor Alfrancis Chua confirmed.
Regarded by some as the best import in PBA historical past, Brownlee just lately turned a naturalized Filipino citizen earlier this 12 months.
The 35-year-old helped the Philippine nationwide group declare gold medals within the 2023 Southeast Asian Games and the Hangzhou Asian Games.
However, Brownlee examined constructive for Carboxy-THC throughout their newest triumph within the Asiads in a take a look at carried out on October 7, at some point after the Philippines clinched the gold medal in males’s basketball.
The substance is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, being intently linked with using hashish.
Brownlee was the unquestioned chief in the course of the gold medal run by Gilas Pilipinas, main the group in scoring with 23.4 factors per recreation and delivering clutch performs all through the event.
Justin Brownlee dangers prolonged ban
The three-time PBA Best Import awardee is vulnerable to being suspended for so long as two years from all basketball competitions, together with the PBA if confirmed responsible.
Despite the uncertainty, Brownlee will probably proceed be seen in Ginebra’s bench.
“He’ll be with us whether he can play or not. But just in case his suspension stays, we’ll be looking for a replacement,” Chua reiterated.
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