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Ricci Rivero bids DLSU goodbye

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By Erel Cabatbat

Rivero posted a message to his Twitter account thanking the DLSU community and in the process ending months of speculation of whether he will stay with the Green Archers or not following his “the leave of absence” from the team along with brother Prince and Brent Paraiso.

“Thank You to the La Sallian community for the support you’ve given me. The Animo spirit will always be with me. It’s now time to move forward,” he tweeted.

The Rivero brothers and Paraiso were excluded from the Green Archers’ line-up after they allegedly asked for time to fulfill contactual obligations to their sponsors several months ago.

Rumors, however, of allegedly using illegal drugs as the reason why they were banished from the team hounded the three. They denied the accusatons and even presented pieces of evidence that they are drug free.

Rivero took home the Most Improved Player Award in season 80 after averaging at least 14 points and more than five rebounds in the tournament.

Rivero’s departure is the latest setback for the Green Archers. Earlier, big man Ben Mbala decided to turn professional and forfeit his last year of eligibility.

Despite several denials, former head coach Aldin Ayo severed ties with DLSU and signed a five-year contract to helm the UST Growling Tigers.