JOHN Apacible has been suspended by Ateneo for the rest of the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament after a 'drunken rant' early Sunday morning, a video of which has gone viral on social media.
Ateneo athletic director Em Fernandez confirmed Apacible will no longer see action for the Blue Eagles in their final five games of the elimination round in the UAAP as part of the sanctions imposed on the sophomore forward.
Fernandez added Apacible will likewise not be allowed to attend practices during that time.
“John is suspended from all team activities (practices and games) until the end of the elimination round,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez though, made it clear the sanction doesn’t cover the Final Four for now, assuming the Blue Eagles make it that far.
Apacible was sanctioned by the school after being involved in a drunk-driving incident that saw him getting into a commotion with a fellow driver.
The former Hope Christian High School standout was also seen in the video flashing a vanity plate before traffic enforcers that had the word ‘Councilor,' which was later determined to be owned by his girlfriend.
Prior to the suspension, Apacible was averaging three points and 1.5 rebounds while converting all of his 11 shots from the field in eight games for the Blue Eagles this season.