The AirAsia Philippine Patriots have parted ways with their skills coach and PBA Hall of Famer Billy Ray Bates.
The Patriots said in a statement that Bates has been dropped from the team for “repeated misconduct and acts detrimental to the team and to the league.”
“We’re sincere to help him but he’s misbehaving of late and we have no other option but to sever our ties with him,” said team manager Erick Arejola. “I already warned him before but he missed several of our practices and made acts detrimental to the image of the team.”
Bates was hired last October by the Patriots after visiting the country for his induction in the PBA Hall of Fame last year.
He found success as the PBA’s “Black Superman” after his NBA career went into a downward spiral due to alcohol and drug issues in the 1980s. But he was later cut from the league as well after his partying affected his play.
After his PBA stint, he spent several years in prison last decade after being convicted of assault, and was reportedly working as a janitor in the United States before coming to Manila.
In an emotional speech after his induction ceremony, he pleaded for a chance to be a coach in the Philippines.
“The reason why I want to come back is because I want to give back to the Philippines and inspire the people of this country the way they inspired me,” Bates said.