Apologetic Ivan Johnson seeks forgiveness for actions, admits lifetime ban 'devastating'
Chito Narvasa handed out a lifetime ban on TNT import Ivan Johnson on Saturday, shortly after an altercation between the two. Jerome Ascano

IVAN Johnson has apologized to PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa for his actions on Saturday night that led to his lifetime ban from the league.

“I do want to sincerely and most humbly apologize to commissioner Narvasa for my action’s in last night’s game,” The Tropang TNT import said in a statement on his Facebook account that was also posted on his Twitter page.

 “I ask that you forgive me. Thank you,” he added.

The controversial import was banned for life from the PBA after an altercation with Narvasa shortly after his ejection from the Tropang TNT’s Commissioner’s Cup game against Meralco on Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

After getting ejected for picking up a second technical on a flagrant foul penalty 1 on Bolts big man Bryan Faundo late in the second quarter, the temperamental Texters import uttered some choice words to Narvasa before he exited the court.

Witnesses said the controversial import uttered the 'F' word before turning his back on the commissioner, who handed out the life ban even before the game could end.

[See Johnson meted life ban after 'cursing, disrespecting' PBA commissioner]

Johnson admitted the punishment is “devastating.”

“This lifetime ban is truly unfortunate and devastating to be being that I feel at home and most welcomed when I am here playing in the Philippines,” the journeyman cager said.

In a separate post, Johnson thanked his fans and apologized to them for the “devastation and disappointment” he has caused.

[See TNT management rues 'lack of due process' in PBA decision to ban Johnson for life]

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