'Black Superman' leaving PH
MANILA, Philippines – PBA Hall-of-Famer Billy Ray Bates, known to fans as the "Black Superman," is leaving the country after an extended stay marked by several controversial incidents.
The cost of Bates' trip amounted to more than $1,000. Spin.ph said the league also paid for Bates' other expenses, including immigration fees and fines.
"Nagbigay na si (Commissioner Chito Salud) ng ticket niya. Sa Tuesday ang flight niya sa US," PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial told Spin.ph.
Bates returned to the Philippines after more than two decades in October 2011 to attend his induction ceremony to the PBA Hall of Fame.
But what was initially a short trip turned into a long vacation for the former high-flying import. Bates was initially hired by the Philippine Patriots of the ASEAN Basketball League as a skills coach, but was eventually released.
Henson said Bates will be accompanied by PBA licensing manager Rhose Montreal and agents of the Bureau of Immigration when he leaves for Los Angeles.
Bates led the Crispa Redmanizers to a grand slam in the 1983 PBA season and gave Barangay Ginebra their first-ever PBA title in 1986.