Jose Rizal didn’t die for this


The irony

The NCAA has always prided itself as a more physical collegiate league than the UAAP. But last Tuesday, things were taken too far when Jose Rizal University’s John Amores ran amok during a blowout game against the College of St. Benilde Blazers.

The Blazers were leading the Heavy Bombers by 71-51 with barely 3 mins left in the 4th quarter when Amores was sent to the bench after losing his cool. He rushed towards the Benilde bench after supposedly being triggered by a heckler, punching and downing players Jimboy Pasturan and Taine Davis.

Pasturan would’ve been trampled by staff and players from both schools during the scuffle if not for the willingness of team captain JC Cullar to protect his fallen teammate. The move was the lone bright spot in a fiasco that will merit suspensions, bans, and even legal troubles for those concerned.


History of violence

Amores also figured in another scuffle with University of the Philippines’ Mark Gil Belmonte during a preseason tournament earlier in July. Per the Tiebreaker Times, Belmonte came out with a gum fracture, teeth dislocation, and mouth lacerations and had to undergo an operation at the Philippine General Hospital.

The UP Men’s Basketball team would later file criminal charges against Amores, saying that the JRU administration failed to impose disciplinary action against its student-athlete despite a written request from UP.

In the same NCAA season, Amores also nearly got into a brawl with Letran’s Kobe Monje in the dying minutes of an OT game that JRU would lose.

Meanwhile, other JRU players were spotted to be allegedly dancing in the aftermath of the match with Benilde.

The consequences

While the NCAA has yet to release official sanctions, sports figures and many basketball fans either predict or demand a total ban for John Amores in the professional leagues.

On top of the player’s expulsion from the Heavy Bombers, sports broadcaster Chino Trinidad added that Amores should seek professional help and remove himself from social media, where his Facebook account is bombarded with hate comments.

Terrafirma import Lester Prosper was less severe, inviting the student-athlete to dinner and some advice “to help save your career and what you can do to be better moving forward.”

“I don’t believe in taking food away from someone’s table, but I do believe in consequences for severe actions like this,” wrote Prosper in another post.

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