CALVIN Abueva on Thursday responded to his Luigi Trillo's comment that he acted like a 'jerk' in Alaska's double-overtime win over Meralco, saying his gestures were no more than an outpouring of emotions and in no way meant to insult his former coach or the Bolts.
The flamboyant Alaska forward said he had no idea that he had angered Trillo late in Alaska's 108-103 win over Meralco on Tuesday as he denied knowingly making a 'nganga' gesture in the direction of the Bolts bench.
'The Beast' insisted he had no intention to taunt the whole Meralco bench.
“Hindi ko sila binabastos, patawid ako nun papuntang backcourt eh. Saka emotion lang 'yun,” said Abueva. “May sari-sarili tayong ginagawa, may kanya-kanya tayong reaksyon. Emosyon 'yun eh. Mataas ang emosyon, kasi sobrang dikit ang laban, tapos nagawa naming ipanalo, crucial game pa 'yun.”
Abueva said some of the body language and gestures he does during games often come naturally, especially when emotions are running high.
“Ganito naman talaga ako eh. May kanya-kanya tayong ginagawa, like si (Beau) Belga, mayroon din siyang sariling antics. Emosyon 'yun eh. Parang ikaw, nanalo ka sa lotto, tatalon ka, hihiyaw ka, ako ganoon rin. May mga nagagawa ako na hindi ako aware, lalo na 'pag mataas emosyon ko,” he said.
"Para namang hindi kami nagkasama ni coach Luigi, nadadala ako sa laro."
The hard-banging former San Sebastian Stags star admitted Trillo would often scold him during their time together at Alaska for his ‘reactions and antics’ during games.
“Sinisita niya (Trillo) rin ako nun, pero sabi ko nga, may kanya-kanya tayong personalidad, may kanya-kanya tayong reaksyon sa bawat bagay na minsan di tayo aware,” he said.
Abueva said current Alaska coach Alex Compton does the same thing and even talked to him about Tuesday's incident.
“Kahit naman sila coach Alex (Compton), sinasabihan rin ako. Sabi ko, 'Sige, hindi ko na gagawin,” Abueva added. “Pero ako, nagbabago naman ako. Kaso nadadala lang rin talaga ako ng emosyon. Minsan lalabas na lang talaga 'yun.
“May mga ginagawa ako sa court na ganung reaksyon, pero atleast alam ko na kapag ginawa ko 'yun, wala akong tinatapakang ibang tao, wala akong sinasaktan at wala akong ina-agrabyado.
“Saka ako to eh. Ganito ako, at ganito lang ako,” he added.
Trillo was one of Abueva's staunchest defenders during his early years in the pro ranks, although insiders said their relationship deteriorated late in Trillo's stint with the team.
There was also an incident when Trillo reportedly suspended Abueva for one game during the 2014 Commissioner’s Cup semifinals between Alaska and Rain or Shine after the gungho forward failed to attend practice.
Abueva bared that it has been quite some time since he last talked to and exchanged text messages with Trillo.
His message to Trillo?
"Sa court na lang ang emosyon," said the former Rookie of the Year.
Meanwhile, Ian Sangalang, Abueva’s longtime teammate and stablemate at the training camp of Pampanga vice governor Dennis Pineda, said most of Abueva's mannerisms are not meant to insult.
“Nature na talaga ni Calvin ang ganyan, 'yung parang nang-aasar. Pero wala sa kanya 'yun, walang balak na mang insult. Siguro, gusto lang niyang mag psy-war ng kalaban,” said Sangalang.
“Bata pa lang kami, bago pa kami nag San Sebastian ganun na talaga siya, tingin ko nga mas nakilala siya sa ganun. May iba nga nagsasabi na dapat di siya ganun, kaso style niya 'yun eh,” he said.
Despite all the controversies, Sangalang said Abueva is a very responsible man off the court.
“Iba ang ugali ni Calvin sa court sa ugali niya na totoo. Pagdating sa labas (ng court), makulit 'yan, masaya kasama at hindi ka niya iiwan sa kahit anong problema,” he added.
“Saka maalalay na kaibigan 'yan na mapagmahal sa pamilya niya. Laging una sa kanya ang pamilya at mga kaibigan,” added the Purefoods Star Hotshots big man.
Asked if he still sees Abueva shedding his court antics, Sangalang can only laugh and shake his head.
“Hindi ko alam, pero siguro maninibago ako at magugulat kung after maka-shoot ni Calvin hindi siya didila o gagawa ng anong gesture. Ganun na kasi talaga siya noon pa man eh,” he said.
“Showboat kasi Calvin, yan ang isang bagay na bahagi na ng character niya. Matutuwa ka o mapipikon ka, depende na 'yun kung paano mo siya tatanggapin,” said Sangalang.