The PBA has released its verdict on troubled Phoenix Pulse forward Calvin Abueva.
A fine of P70,000 (P20K for engaging a fan in a verbal altercation and making obscene gestures, P50K for the Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 on TNT import Terrence Jones), plus indefinite suspension.
Commissioner Willie Marcial said that he had to suspend “The Beast” indefinitely in order to instill discipline and maintain professionalism across the league. He added that he can no longer tolerate the offensive and often obnoxious on-court behavior of Abueva towards his fellow players and even fans. For him, fans watch the games live to enjoy it more, not to be disrespected or insulted.
The welfare of the fans is of utmost importance to him and to the league. As such, he will not hesitate to impose heavy sanctions on those who will violate this rule, especially if it will involve women.
While a certain amount of physicality is expected in the games, violent behavior and/or unsportsmanlike conduct has no place in the PBA, explained Marcial.
With regards to the indefinite suspension, the Commissioner added that there is no time frame and its lifting will depend on how Abueva conducts himself, specifically on how he reforms his ways.
In parting, the Commissioner hopes that the sanctions imposed on Abueva serve as a stern warning for the other players. They should act like true professional athletes and refrain from doing acts deemed as detrimental to the league or face severe punishment, just like in the case of Calvin Abueva.