Ailing basketball player Daniel De Guzman’s professional license was suspended by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) after he failed to appear in a virtual meeting on Friday morning.
GAB chairman Baham Mitra told News5’s Lyn Olavario that the matter has been placed on an administrative proceeding due to the no-show.
According to Mitra, De Guzman canceled the virtual meeting because he allegedly suffered from a fever.
“During the administrative process he is asked to show up, and if he doesn’t show up, he is risking his professional career. If you keep avoiding appearing on proper forums, chances are he is guilty,” Mitra said.
“If I’m accused of something, I’ll appear on every forum I have, I’ll clear my name. Because it’s an opportunity to clear your name. But he didn’t, so we’re at a loss,” he said added.
For the duration of the administrative process, the GAB will summon the player from Nueva Ecija by means of a formal notice sent to him.
As such, according to Mitra, due process should be followed, but De Guzman cannot play professionally in the meantime until the process makes a recommendation. If he is found guilty, his GAB license will be permanently revoked.
“He’s not allowed to use his license in the meantime and if he’s guilty he could lose his professional basketball player license,” Mitra told ESPN5.
De Guzman’s name was spread on social media after screenshots of an alleged Viber conversation in which he and acquaintances talked about game results were released.
The 42nd overall selection of the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft reportedly gave their betting friends tips in return for a financial reward if the tip came through.
To the chagrin of his friends, however, his tips were unsuccessful, resulting in them losing thousands of pesos.
De Guzman is currently neither in the San Miguel squad nor in the closed circulatory bladder in Pampanga. Most recently he was listed in the 3×3 team of the Beermen, but the 3×3 tournament of the PBA has not yet prevailed due to the pandemic.
Danny Espiritu, De Guzman’s agent, told ESPN5’s Richard Dy that he was unaware that his client had not shown before and that he had tried to contact De Guzman for feedback on the incidents.
“I also want to know what happened, but I couldn’t reach him,” Espiritu said in Filipino.
Espiritu added that he had urged De Guzman to accept the GAB’s invitation so that he could wash his name and not jeopardize his career as a player.
“I told him that he had to take care of it (GAB invitation), otherwise his license could be revoked and his career could be affected.”
With additional coverage from Richard Dy.