La Salle's Brent Paraiso breaks his silence on alleged drug use

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) — After fellow La Salle player Ricci Rivero addressed rumors of drug use a few days ago, it's Brent Paraiso turn to clear his name.

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"I think it's time I try to defend myself and my family, and let the truth be known," Paraiso said in a statement on his Twitter account Monday.

His statement comes on the heels of the De La Salle University Office of Sports Development's (OSD) confirmation that he and brothers Prince and Ricci Rivero requested to take a leave of absence from the men's seniors basketball squad.

The three violated a school rule that prohibits players from entering sponsorship agreements with commercial entities, according to the OSD.

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Paraiso also said in the statement he went through three drug tests. On January 16, 2018 he submitted a urine sample for a random mandatory drug test. Two days later, he requested to re-submit another batch.

"On January 16, 2018, I was asked to submit my urine sample for mandatory random testing. 2 days after, I was requested to re-submit another batch," he said.

He then requested his parents to accompany him to a Department of Health-accredited drug test center to which he tested negative to all banned drugs on January 22, 2018.

However on a private meeting called on January 24, they were informed the he tested positive for an illegal substance called methamphetamine (also known as shabu).

"While it appears to have different results from two separate testing centers from samples taken within just two days - I am publishing my personal DOH Accredited Result for everyone to verify. I confidently stand by my position that I did not take those drugs," he said.

Paraiso ended the statement by saying that all he's asking is for his side to be known.

"I'm not asking for praises not even acceptance but a chance to be heard is all I am praying for. I too deserve some respect," he said.

He averaged 2.2 points and two rebounds in 9.9 minutes per outing for the Taft-based squad in UAAP Season 80.

Here's the full statement: