ALYSSA Valdez remained optimistic as her boyfriend, Kiefer Ravena, faces another controversy.
The Creamline skipper is standing by Ravena after the basketball star tested positive for banned substances contained on the World Anti-Doping Agency list.
The world basketball governing body slapped Ravena with an 18-month ban from all basketball-related activities after failing a random drug test after Gilas Pilipinas' Fiba World Cup qualifier last February.
“We can’t say we’re okay, but I think Kiefer is a man who stands sa mga nangyayari,” Valdez told reporters on Saturday.
The former Ateneo star, however, did not want to put words into Ravena’s mouth but she chose to look at the bright side of what happened.
“Paano ba? Okay kasi… It’s his own ano eh… I really don’t know how to answer ‘cause I’m not in the position of Kiefer to answer naman,” she said. “But I know everyone who’s behind din naman is really supporting him kung ano man ang nangyayari.”
“Kasi actually it’s a nice way of seeing parang looking at the brighter side na at least alam natin kung ano pa ‘yung mga dapat nating maging careful tayo sa lahat ng mga bagay, so ayun,” she added.
As an athlete herself, Valdez considered Ravena’s latest issue as a blessing in disguise.
“Yeah I think that’s the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyari and magiging careful na,” she said.
“Lahat kasi everything’s over the counter and we really don’t know what’s kung ano man ang andoon we just want to perform well, to be ready sa lahat ng games natin and dahil sa nangyari at least alam natin na ano kailangan din natin maging careful din talaga,” she added.
Ravena tested positive for three ingredients found in the WADA list of prohibited substances such as 4-methylhexan-2 amine and 1.3 dimethylbutylamine - components of the pre-workout drink 'Dust'.
The NLEX rookie claimed that he drank a pre-workout sports drink without knowing that it contained the banned substances.