After a long stalemate, Ray Parks was finally given clearance by his PBA team TNT to play in the Japan B.League.
Tropang GIGA board governor and concurrent league chairman Ricky Vargas disclosed that the Japanese league wrote the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) close to two weeks ago to ask if the 28-year Parks can play there.
The said letter was forwarded to the PBA who in turn sent the communiqué to TNT management. Vargas bared that they immediately gave their stamp of approval. He, however, refused to divulge specific details.
“He asked permission but the one who wrote the letter to SBP was not him but the Japanese league. He was the one who told PBA and PBA was the one who asked me,” Vargas told GMA News Online in a phone interview.
“I answered and said that we can clear Ray Parks to play in the Japanese league as requested, under the PBA rules,” he added.
“As far as (TNT) is concerned, we have told the PBA that we will give clearance to play in the Japanese league and not in an Italian league, not in Myanmar league, not in Thailand league. That’s what he asked permission for.”
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, on the other hand, said the league won’t stand in the way of Parks’ bid to play abroad.
If things turn out as planned, Parks will join Thirdy Ravena, the de Liano brothers Juan and Javi, and just recently Kemark Carino in the growing list of Pinoy ballers about to see action in the fledging league.
NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena also sealed a deal with the Shiga Lakestars but hasn’t been officially cleared by the PBA.