Narvasa accepts apology of banned TNT import Ivan Johnson, eyes 'win-win solution'
Chito Narvasa and Ivan Johnson during the press conference. Karlo Sacamos

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has accepted the apology of Ivan Johnson over the actions that led to his lifetime ban from the local pro league over the weekend.

Narvasa said he will put a final decision in writing by Tuesday afternoon, or Wednesday at the latest, regarding the life ban and P250,000 fine he slapped on the TNT import even before their game against Meralco could end on Saturday.

“We’ll come out with an acceptable decision to all parties,” Narvasa said after Johnson appeared voluntarily before him on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re trying to come up with a win-win solution.”

TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio said he is hoping for at least a “reduction” of the fine.

Johnson came with his wife and two kids in to meet with Narvasa on Tuesday afternoon at the league office.

“He extended his hand to apologize and I accepted it,” Narvasa said. “I think it was done out of frustration and I understand it.”

The meeting took less than 30 minutes.

“We’ve met on bad terms and we just needed to learn about each other first,” Johnson said.

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