Standhardinger admits it's so easy to fall foul of Fiba's anti-doping rules
Christian Standhardinger came to the defense of Gilas teammate Kiefer Ravena. Jerome Ascano

HE was picked ahead of Kiefer Ravena in last year’s PBA Draft, but Christian Stanhardinger is standing behind his draft batchmate and Gilas Pilipinas teammate in a trying time early in his pro career.

Standhardinger, the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, joined the chorus of people supporting the under-fire Ravena after he was suspended by Fiba for a year and a half for testing positive for three banned substances following a World Cup qualifying game.

“I've been seeing a lot of bad comments regarding that, regarding Kiefer's character, and that's just complete... I don't know if I can use the word, but bullsh*t,” Standhardinger said after San Miguel Beer’s 106-94 win over Phoenix in the Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.

“Kiefer is a great guy, he's a very responsible guy, he's a great Gilas teammate,” he added.

Standhardinger pointed out the list of banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency is so long that it’s easy for any other athlete to fall prey and ingest a prohibited drug.

“If you guys check the FIBA application - nothing against the FIBA - there's so many substances, it's a  long list. So it's very hard,” Standhardinger said.

“It's very easy to just have an error and make a mistake there,” he added. “I think Kiefer apologized, and Kiefer will have ... I mean, that's a big punishment, being out for 18 months, and that's his punishment. There should not be any bad comments or bad-mouthing, or shaming.”

“He took responsibility, what more do you want him to do?” he continued.

Nevertheless, Standhardinger is using the unfortunate incident as a wake-up call to himself and his fellow athletes.

“I think that it's a good learning point for all of the Gilas players, but I think Kiefer is handling the situation great, and with a lot of character and responsibility,” the Filipino-German standout said.

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