Late yesterday the Hungry Jack’s NBL Received an application from the Perth Wildcats for the League to exercise its discretion to waive the requirement of Rule 5.1 of the Salary and Contracting Rules (SCR) in relation to the registration of John Brown III on the basis the issue of his Letter of Clearance by FIBA had been delayed as a result of exceptional circumstances.
The rule stipulates that a club cannot register a new player if it has played more than 75% of its regular-season games. Perth exceeded 75% when it played its 22nd regular-season game on Saturday, March 26, against the Sydney Kings at RAC Arena.
A request to register a player beyond this deadline may be made in exceptional circumstances.
The NBL made enquiries of its governing bodies, Basketball Australia and FIBA, and determined the processes associated with the issue of Brown’s Letter of Clearance, although complicated by a dispute with Brown’s former club, were undertaken in the time frames published by each of them and as such, the club could have reasonably foreseen Brown’s Letter of Clearance may not have been issued in time for the game on March 26.
Accordingly, the NBL has denied the application and will not register Brown to play this season.
“Although we would have loved to have seen John Brown III in the NBL, the integrity of the competition must come first,” NBL Commissioner, Jeremy Loeliger, stated.
“These rules exist to ensure that no team can gain a competitive advantage over its competitors and, while the Wildcats have done absolutely nothing wrong, they were not able to procure Brown’s Letter of Clearance from FIBA in time for us to register him under our rules.”