A man suspected of blackmailing basketball player Kiefer Ravena has been arrested. The former Ateneo star Ravena became the subject of a scandal earlier last week. Nude photos, purportedly of the 23-year old, were circulated online. Though he’s been silent about the matter in the weeks leading up to this Wednesday, he has since released a statement.
“Today, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime group conducted an entrapment operation on Kristoffer Monico Ng, who threatened to leak photos and tried to extort money from us,” Ravena said, as shared by Rappler.
He went on to explain that his parents had been contact with law enforcement to explore their options. That would explain his radio silence leading up to the arrest. According to Ravena, Ng will be charged with robbery and extortion. If found guilty, he could face anywhere between 12 to 20 years in prison.
“Now that we have the first suspect under PNP custody, we hope to get more leads and information so justice will be served, and harassment and blackmailing such as this would end,” he said.
Deflecting The Issue
Most recently, Kiefer Raven was picked up by team Alab Pilipinas for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball league (ALB). When pressed for comments about the controversy, Ravena was quick to turn the issue the other way, saying little.
“Nothing, really,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus on the task at hand, and that is to get the ABL Championship back to the Philippines.”
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Ravena explained that, having been a standout basketball star in college, he had become used to off-court controversy. With an MVP and two championship to his name in the UAAP, he certainly doesn’t lack for followers or people who blow up every occurrence around him.
“I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” he said, of becoming accustomed to that kind of scrutiny. “But it is what it is.”
Between his college stint and his upcoming ALB role, Ravena had been in the US, trying his luck at the NBA D-League. The D-League serves as the NBA’s developmental territory, training players in hoping to make it to a main team.
He served as a “developmental player” for the Texas Legends, the affiliate team of the Dallas Mavericks. That means that, though he was officially on the team, he was not listed on the active roster. He didn’t log in any minutes in the D-League games, not did he play in the Summer League. He did, however, get ample time training full-time with the team during practice sessions.
Now that he’s back in the Philippines, Kiefer Ravena may instead be eyeing the PBA for his future basketball career.