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PBA: Cardona stable in hospital after ‘OD’

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NLEX veteran guard Mark Cardona is recuperating after he was rushed to the hospital over the weekend after allegedly overdosing on prescription pills.

His PBA team has asked for privacy in what it said is a ‘difficult time’ for the player known as Captain Hook.

Reports said the 34-year-old Cardona is at the intensive care unit of the University of Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Piñas after he was found unconscious last Sunday.

A report by Spin.PH said that Cardona is now in stable condition.

Prior to what happened to the former De La Salle University stalwart, he was arrested by Quezon City police officers following a complaint of domestic violence filed by his live-in partner Bianca.

There is no word yet on the status of the complaint.

Cardona has been on the reserve list of NLEX as he is recovering from an injury. He is now on his 11th season in the PBA after he was originally taken at No. 5 overall by Air21 during the 2005 Rookie Draft.

During his days with TNT Katropa, where he played his first five years as a professional, Cardona was one of the most electrifying players in the PBA. He won a title with TNT during the 2009 Philippine Cup and was a recipient of the BPC award (Best Player of the Conference) in the 2007 Fiesta Cup.

NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre said in a statement late Sunday that NLEX would provide the needs of Cardona as he asked the public for some privacy.

“We urge the public to allow Macmac and his family some privacy at this difficult time,” said Dulatre.

“Macmac is part of the NLEX Road Warriors team. We are providing whatever assistance he needs from us during this time,” he added.