JRU coach hopes John Amores learns from punching incident

Louie Gonzalez, JRU coach.

Louie Gonzalez, JRU coach.
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MANILA, Philippines — Jose Rizal University coach Louie Gonzalez has revealed he is still in constant contact with embattled John Amores after the former heavy bomber was kicked out of the squad.

But Gonzalez acknowledged his player’s mistakes and said he didn’t condone what Amores had done – go wild and punch against several players from the Collège de Saint-Bénilde.

“John is like my son. I talk to him almost every day. I won’t leave this guy alone. He is like a son to me. Even her child is like my grandchild. I’m glad he’s doing well. Hopefully he’ll be back,” Gonzalez said after JRU’s overall win this season.

“What happened was wrong. It was unfortunate. The right word is unfortunate, but John is a good boy. The goal right now is to make him feel like we’re here to support him, but still a time we talked to him and told him that you had done something wrong.

Currently, the 23-year-old is facing multiple charges, including one filed by Mark Belmonte of the University of the Philippines and another by Taine Davis and Jimboy Pasturan from the CSB, both as a result of his violent actions.

Amores personally visited the Blazers in one of their practices apologize and make amends.

After all the developments after the fight, Gonzales believes his player can learn from the incident and can be better.

“Not everyone is perfect, but we know he will learn from it. With John, we don’t really talk about him as a player anymore. We talk about him as a person, a father , of a partner.

The veteran manager also revealed that there are currently no plans for him to return to the team even though the league’s indefinite ban is soon to be lifted, saying the team don’t want to ‘rush him’.

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