Indefinite suspension not a punishment but a chance to reform for Calvin Abueva, says Willie Marcial

Calvin Abueva, the enigmatic forward of the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters, was recently penalized by the PBA with an indefinite suspension to go along with a P70,000 fine for his ‘misconducts’ during his team’s first two games to open the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.

The 31-year old national team player first got into a verbal altercation with a female fan who turned out to be the girlfriend of Blackwater Elite rookie Ray Parks. According to her, Abueva called her a ‘bitch’ and made obscene gestures after he fouled out during the closing seconds of the game.

Just two days later, he clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones during the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter. According to Phoenix Pulse governor Atty. Raymond Zorilla, the move by Abueva was just the player’s reaction to the non-call by the game officials in the previous play wherein Jones hit the 2013 Rookie of the Year in the groin area.

Jones was subsequently fined P50,000 for the move.

League commissioner Willie Marcial later on shared the reason behind the decision.

“Kung tingin nila parusa ito, sa akin para tulungan yung bata. Ang galing-galing nun. Kung may magagawa tayo para matuwid siya, mas gagaling yun,” said the former statistician.

“May kaunti lang problema siya, so ayusin natin yung dapat ayusin,” added Marcial.

While the sanction was hard to accept even for him, the amiable executive explained that Abueva’s welfare has been the primary consideration.

“Nakakalungkot sa akin, kasi yung mga players parang anak mo na rin ang mga yan. Pero sa tingin ko ito yung tamang hakbang na ginawa ko. Para sa lahat yun, sa PBA at para kay Calvin.”

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