LA Salle on Friday said Ricci and Prince Rivero as well as Brent Paraiso have asked to take a leave from the Green Archers to honor contractual obligations in the form of endorsement deals.
The school, through the official Twitter account of its athletics office @dlsusports, said the men’s basketball team has recently implemented a policy prohibiting players from entering endorsement deals.
Due to conflict that arose because of the rule, the Riveros and Paraiso, according to DLSU Sports, have requested to go on leave in order to fulfill their contractual obligations.
Curiously, the official announcement was made just hours after news of the breakup between La Salle and the Riveros started to circulate in online media outlets.
There have been speculations that the Riveros were dropped for 'violating school policy.' Another rumor claimed the popular brothers are set to transfer to a rival school in the UAAP.
La Salle, however, assured that the three players are still enrolled with the school and attending classes, although it gave no specific time frame on how long the leave of absence would last.
Here is the statement of La Sall's Office of Sports Development in full:
'The DLSU Men’s Basketball Team management announces that they have implemented a policy that prohibits players to enter into sponsorship agreements with commercial entities.
This will allow the players to focus on the games and team practices without any restrictions.
In this connection, team members Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Brent Paraiso have requested to go on leave from the basketball team to honor their contractual obligations to their existing endorsements.
Prince, Ricci, and Brent are currently enrolled in the University and are attending their respective classes.'