Ex-PBA prized import Billy Ray Bates nabbed in QC


Billy Ray Bates

MANILA, Philippines–An American national who was an import for a Philippine Basketball Association team found himself in hot water after allegedly throwing a rock at the windshield of a Mercedes Benz of a Quezon City resident early Monday.

Fortunately for the 56-year-old Billy Ray Bates, the other party agreed to a possible settlement if the basketball player would pay for the damage to the luxury car in three days.

“The agreement was for Bates to pay the complainant within three days, then no case will be filed,” said case investigator Police Officer 2 Alvin Quisumbing.

Bates, a PBA Hall of Famer also known as the “Black Superman” and who played for Crispa and Ginebra in the 1980s, was taken into custody for investigation following the incident involving the six-door Mercedes Benz of Carlos Vicente, 48, owner of a rent-a-car business.

The incident happened at 12:20 a.m. Monday while the sedan was parked in front of an auto repair shop on First Planas Street, Barangay Kaunlaran.

Citing a resident’s account, police said the allegedly drunk Bates picked up a rock and threw it at the car’s windshield, smashing the glass.

Bates, in an interview with reporters, denied he was drunk and claimed he was running away from robbers.

The witness recalled he saw the American walking toward Edsa early Monday morning. Later at 6 a.m., he saw Bates, apparently asleep, at the parking area of the Farmer’s Market.

The resident then went to the Cubao police station and reported the incident.

In their agreement at the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, Vicente agreed not to file damage to property and malicious mischief raps against Bates once the American pays for the damages.

Quisumbing said the Mercedes Benz is still being repaired at a car shop.

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  • The In Fighter

    It could be “kryptonite” so that’s why he threw it, unfortunately he hit the Mercedes..!

  • julymorning

    feel sorry for d black superman. met him a few months back while he was still hired as a coach in one of the minor leagues here in the phils. he did not even have a car of his own and has a limp due to “wear and tear” in playing basketball and perhaps to substance abuse. i thought he would be getting back on his feet once again. sayang. if he’s in the US now, he would be serving his time behind bars.

  • Fred

    Bakit nandito pa sa Pinas ang taong yan???
    Kapag naayos ang kaso, pauwiin na yan sa tate
    kung saan isa syang bum duon.

  • DennisApolinario

    Hindi pa rin pala umuuwi sa US itong si Bates. Binigyan na ng pag-asang magkatrabaho dito sa Pinas, umabuso naman. Masyado kasi nating binibigyan ng importansya ang mga foreign players na ito kaya umaabuso, Gaya na lang ng mga Younghusbands. Nung walang paglagyan sa Australia(?), dito pumunta at naging mga star pa. Ngayon inuuna pa ang mga personal na lakad kesa maglaro sa Azkals. Hayan tuloy, sinibak sa team. Sana matuto na ang mga opisyal natin na wag masyadong pina-pamper ang mga foreign players na ito. Lumalaki tuloy ang ulo. 

    • Adlai

      that is very true,nakita kasi ng magkapatid na fil briton na ito na kayang kaya nila umabuso.ginawang mga diosdiosan kaya ayan nangyare.

    • randyaltarejos

      Hindi Australia, kundi United Kingdom. Mga British citizens mga Younghusbands na yan.

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2

      Alam mo nuong 2005 na walang pera at suporta ang Azkals, kasama na ang  mgakapatid na Younghusband. Wala silang pinalagpas na laro kahit walang allowance at suporta sa gear at supplies. Kasama nila nuon sina Gener, Caligdong at Araneta. Iilan na lang silang natira sa mga orig at ngayon lang nagmintis ng laro ang magkapatid. Normal lang yan na nagailangan na ng pera, Kamamatay lang ng nanay nila at sila ang nagpapalaki at nagpapa-aral ng kapatid nila. Ngayon lang kumita ang magkapatid sa paglalaro nila ng football sa Pilipinas.

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