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    Phoenix takes hands-off approach on Calvin Abueva 'family issue'

    Jul 30, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    AS much as it wants to help, Phoenix management would rather keep its hands off the latest issue involving star player Calvin Abueva.

    Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia said the team is keen on looking after the career of the controversial cager than dip its fingers on something that is a family matter.

    “Usually kasi professional teams don’t meddle naman in the personal affairs ng mga players not unless it’s already affecting their games,” Bugia shared to SPIN.ph.

    “And Calvin is suspended indefinitely so hindi namin alam kung kailan talaga siya makakapaglaro.”

    Abueva found himself in hot water again after his wife Sam came out live on Instagram over the weekend and accused the star forward of infidelity and physically abusing her and their children.

    She used her husband’s official Instagram account@calvinabuevaofficial to air her allegations.

    Abueva later disputed all the accusations against him in live videos on a newly-created account @abuevacalvinthebeast that he has since taken down.

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      Bugia is aware of the domestic problem between the Abuevas and said management felt sad that the couple had to bring out the issue through social media.

      “Personal life na nila yan and they used social media to get word out,” he said. “As of now, hindi po kami nakikialam sa kanila.”

      The domestic problem is the latest controversy to hound Abueva, who had been suspended indefinitely by the PBA after his verbal confrontation with the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks and later, his clothesline on TnT Katropa import Terrence Jones.

      Just a week ago, he found himself in hot water after being caught playing in a ‘ligang labas’ tournament in Rizal.

      Bugia and Alas personally met with Abueva a few days after news came out of his ‘ligang labas’ escapade. Management said it is set to impose a penalty on the former NCAA MVP from San Sebastian for not telling them about the stint.

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      Alas said Abueva admitted he was forced to take the offer because he needed money.

      “Kailangan niya raw ng pera. Siyempre may pamilya rin namang sinusuportahan yun,” said the Phoenix coach. “Sabi ko nga kay Calvin, sana kahit sa akin na lang niya ipinaalam at ako na ang nagsabi sa management tungkol doon.”

      Since he was suspended, Abueva is not allowed to join the team in practice and in any basketball-related activities. His monthly salary had also been withheld.

      But Alas said Phoenix has extended financial help to Abueva even after his suspension without going into detail.

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