ALASKA Aces rookie Calvin Abueva is in hot water after reports surfaced that he played in a small-time league in Sta. Maria, Bulacan without the knowledge, much less approval, of the organization.
A source even furnished Spin.ph a copy of the video showing Abueva performing some dunks and dangerously attacking the basket while playing in a cement court and wearing the unfamiliar dark green jersey of a St. Joseph team.
The No. 2 pick overall of the last rookie draft has been a regular in the 'ligang labas' circuit even before he turned pro.
However, the PBA’s uniform players' contract explicitly disallows players from suiting up in other leagues, except when given consent by their mother ballclub.
“(In such cases), team na ang bahalang magparusa sa kanila. Kasi players nila 'yun eh. Pwedeng fine yan, pwedeng suspension," said PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial.
A number of players have been fined and suspended by their teams for such infractions. The last publicized incident happened two years ago when Khasim Mirza was given a scolding by Air21 Express coach Franz Pumaren for playing in a barangay league in Marikina.
An official from the Aces organization who asked not to be identified was fuming mad upon learning about Abueva's escapade in a game that was also marred by a near brawl among local players.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo refused to comment on the matter but he did admit that Abueva skipped their practice on Tuesday afternoon, not because of injury but because his daughter is said to be ill.
“Nasa Bulacan pa siya, pero baka bukas (Wednesday) andito na siya," was Trillo’s response when asked why the Balibago, Angeles City native was still still not reporting for practice.
Trillo, however, said that he has already spoken to Abueva by phone about the incident and he plans to talk to him again after practice.
“I understand there has to be prudence on that (playing in unauthorized leagues),” Trillo said.
Team owner Wilfred Uytengsu was set to meet with the team on Wednesday morning, but a team source said the flamboyant boss is still unaware of Abueva’s escapade.
“Naku, nineties pa lang pinagbabawalan na niya yan. Ngayon nga nagtataka kami kasi ang lalakas ng loob ng mga players alam naman nilang uso na ang Facebook, Twitter, Youtube at digital cameras," said a source.