Discussions on providing assistance and helping embattled former Jose Rizal Heavy Bomber John Amores get back on his feet have been initiated by member schools of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
A counselling program will be undertaken for Amores and any other player who will be involved in courtside violence in the future.
NCAA legal counsel Joseph Noel Estrada said this is being done as both schools go into a dialogue “to de-escalate the tensions and emotions surrounding the incident.”
Estrada made the announcemnt following a meeting of the policy board, headed by Jose Paulo Campos of season 98 host Emilio Aguinaldo College and Lyceum’s Hercules Callanta, who headed the investigation committee that looked into the situation.
Last Nov. 8, Amores went berserk and went on a punching spree with 3:22 minutes left during JRU’s game with the College of St. Benilde.
The league later slapped an indefinite suspension on Amores, before JRU officially removed him from the squad on Tuesday.
JRU has already apologized over the incident, with its officials reaching out to CSB coach Charles Tiu.
Two Benilde players, Taine Davis and Jimboy Pasturan have also filed a complaint against Amores after getting hurt during the incident.
Estrada said the league will respect the decision of the parents to take their issues to court.
“Sanctions imposed will leave space for the reformation and rehabilitation of players,” said Estrada.
The NCAA is now reviewing its internal rules, processes, possible changes and interventions since the incident took place.
Meanwhile Enoch Valdez posted a game-high 21 points to power Lyceum Pirates to a 79-62, swamping the Heavy Bombers at the FilOil-EcoOil Arena in San Juan.
With the Pirates’ fourth straight win, Lyceum boosted its bid for a better playoff incentive after improving to 12-5 at third spot, while JRU dropped to 6-10.
Meanwhile, James Kwekuteye shot 19 points for the San Beda Red Lions as they prevailed over the Letran Knights, 91-77, to improve in fourth at 11-5.
King Carilipio made 14 points for the Knights, who stayed on top with their 12-4 slate.