Patriots fire Billy Ray Bates
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Billy Ray Bates has been fired by the Philippine Patriots of the ASEAN Basketball League for repeated misconduct.
Bates was hired as the Patriots’ skills coach but a recent controversial incident forced the team to release him.
Bates is considered as one of the greatest imports in PBA history and has earned the nickname “Black Superman” because of his stunning performance in the basketball court.
He has struggled outside of the court, however, and even spent time in jail at one point.
Bates was inducted into the PBA's Hall of Fame in October 2011. – Report from Hardball.