THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has threatened to revoke the professional license of Calvin Abueva for two separate incidents.
GAB chairman Baham Mitra said they are investigating Abueva for his clothesline hit on TNT import Terrence Jones in a PBA Commissioner's Cup game as well as his stint in a 'ligang labas' game in Montalban, Rizal.
Abueva has already been suspended indefinitely by the PBA for the incident with Jones, but GAB is looking at revoking his license as a professional athlete permanently, said Mitra during Thursday’s TOPS Usapang Sports.
GAB is the government agency that regulates professional sports in the Philippines.
“May sanction si Abueva sa PBA na indefinite. GAB is also conducting its own inquiry. Pinag-aaralan pa namin kung permanently tatanggalin na lisensya niya o hindi,” said Mitra. “Kapag nawalan siya ng lisensya because of unsportsmanlike behavior, hindi siya makakalaro permanently unless meron siyang gawin maganda."
“It’s not very good for a professional athlete to clothesline a player, much more an import,” said Mitra.
Meanwhile, GAB pro basketball and other professional games division head Jesuico Garcia said Abueva's stint in a 'ligang labas' game is in violation of the rules of the government agency.
“Aside from doon sa violation niya sa team niya, meron ding violations against GAB based on he was not able to get a permission from GAB before playing in any league outside the professional league. ‘Yun ang tinitignan ng board kung paano magiging sanction namin sa kanya,” said Garcia.
Mitra said the two controversial incidents involving Abueva aren’t a good reflection of professional sports in the country.
“It doesn’t paint a good picture for Philippine professional sports,” said Mitra.