CONTROVERSIAL Calvin Abueva has personally apologized to his Alaska teammates and coaches for failing to suit up in the team’s last outing against GobalPort and putting the name of the franchise in a bad light the past few days.
A contrite Abueva made the apology just before the Aces returned to practice on Wednesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City after taking two days off.
The bull-strong forward out of San Sebastian said the apology has a lot to do with his failure to act "professionally," which caused him to miss the team’s practice on Saturday and, eventually, the Aces’ game on Sunday against the Batang Pier.
Alaska lost in overtime, 91-88, and failed to clinch at least a playoff for a quarterfinal spot in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philipine Cup. Instead the Aces need to beat Barako Bull on Sunday just to earn a playoff for the eighth and last berth.
“Nag-aplogize ako sa team ko, dahil sa di ko pagkalaro nung game namin against GlobalPort,” Abueva said without further elaborating.
In an official team statement, Alaska cited a sprained ankle for Abueva’s failure to suit up for the game against Globalport, although sources bared the sophomore’s benching was a disciplinary measure imposed upon him by management for failing to attend the team practice on Saturday.
But Abueva said he is dismayed to learn that he has been slapped a bigger fine compared to big Meralco guard Jared Dillinger.
Abueva was penalized for P13,000 following his sideline scuffle with Dillinger last week, including P3,000 for flopping. The Meralco player on the other hand, was fined for P10,000, while teammate Gary David was slapped with P5,000 for putting up a fighting stance.
“Di ko alam eh, `yung flop, sabihin mo na flop, pero `yung i-fine ako ng P10,000, bakit ako may technical, eh wala naman akong ginawa? Dapat nga sila pa,” he said, referring to both Dillinger and David.
“Ako, ano ba ang ginawa ko? Pero okay na 'yun para wala na silang masabi.”
Then he was quick to add with a laugh, “Okay lang naman, mabuti na lang pumasok 'yung bonus, `yung advance ko.”
But in light of all the trouble he caused the team the past few days, Abueva vows to revert to his old, “meek” approach to games the way he did during his rookie season.
“Baka ibalik ko na `yung unang conference at second conference ko, `yung kung ano ginagawa ko,” said last season’s Rookie of the Year.
“Basta ba nasa tama eh. Saka tahimik na lang. Bahala na 'yung mga taong makakita kung ano gawin sa akin, kung may magawa man ako, siguro sa laro na 'yun na di sinasadya,” he added.