ALASKA'S enigmatic forward Calvin Abueva defended himself from 'flopping' and 'dirty player' accusations on Saturday, insisting he himself was the target of physical attacks during Friday’s game against Meralco.
'The Beast' has found himself involved in controversy once again after a playoff-type game against the Bolts that was marred by a scuffle between Abueva and Jared Dillinger at the 10:09 mark of the final period.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud is set to summon both Dillinger and Abueva for the altercation that marred a game which saw the Bolts scratch and claw their way to a 74-65 win against the Aces.
Abueva has since come under fire from Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio, who has urged the league to take action against the former NCAA MVP's "flopping" and "extra-curricular activities."
The Alaska sophomore, however, said the incident wasn't his fault.
“Paano patitingnan eh yung gianagawa pa nga nila (Bolts) mas grabe pa nga sa ginagawa ko, di ba?" Abueva said. "Sinasabi pa nilang flop, eh di naman flop yun. Foul talaga yun.”
The Pampanga-born dribbler also spoke at length about the skirmish which saw the two players crash over the cushioned railing after Abueva had blocked a shot by the Bolts guard.
Dillinger suffered a bloodied nose in the play, but Abueva said he only crashed into the Meralco Fil-Am guard because he pulled his jersey after the block.
“Iyung nangyari sa amin ni Jared, na-blangka ko nga, eh pagbaba ko, bigla niyang hinila ang jersey ko. Tapos syempre, paghila niya, saan ba ako pupunta?” said last season’s Rookie of the Year awardee.
“Di naman ako mapupunta sa gilid, kasi hawak-hawak niya jersey ko, so napunta ako sa kanya. Di ko naman sinasadyang tumama sa kanya, pag-iwas ko, bigla na lang siya nagalit, sinasakal niya ako ewan ko,” he added.
Upon review of the play, game officials slapped Abueva and Dillinger with a double technical for second motion and taunting, drawing mixed reactions from the fans.