THE PBA admitted it had enough of Calvin Abueva’s behavior over the past two games, forcing the league to penalize the Phoenix Pulse player with an indefinite suspension.
In a statement by the league, the PBA explained the reason behind suspending Abueva for an indefinite number of games, saying commissioner Willie Marcial can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his behavior that the league described as “offensive” and “obnoxious.”
“Commissioner Marcial said that he had to impose the penalty of indefinite suspension to instill discipline and maintain professionalism in the league. He said that he can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his offensive and obnoxious on-court behavior against the fans and his fellow players, which the fiery player is known for.”
Abueva was penalized for two separate incidents. Abueva was thrown out of the game for a clothesline against TNT import Terrence Jones on Sunday, while he was also embroiled in a controversy on Friday when he was accused of doing lewd gestures against a fan later identified as Blackwater cager Bobby Ray Parks’ girlfriend Maika Rivera on Friday.
Due to the incidents, Abueva was also fined P50,000 for his act against Jones and P20,000 for the lewd gestures against Rivera, the act of which was caught on video.
“Fans go to the playing venues to enjoy the games, not to be insulted or disrespected,” said the PBA. “The welfare of the fans is of utmost importance to the PBA and he (Marcial) will not hesitate to impose heavy penalties on those who breach this rule, especially against women.
“He (Marcial) also said that while some level of physicality is allowed during the games, violent behavior or unsportsmanlike conduct have no place in the PBA,” said the PBA.
The PBA also said there is no time frame for the lifting of the suspension, with Marcial saying “it will all depend on how and when Abueva makes an apology to those whom he has offended, and how he will henceforth reform in his ways.”
Marcial added the Abueva penalty should serve as a stern warning to all players in the league to act accordingly.
“The Commissioner said that the indefinite suspension of Abueva should serve as a stern warning for him and other players to act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished.
“If the players have any complaints about fan behavior during the games, they can always bring it to the attention of the Office of the Commissioner who can warn the fans or even send them out of the venue,” said the league.