MAIKA Rivera strongly denied accusations made by Calvin Abueva as she plans to file a legal complaint to the PBA for the actions made by the Phoenix Pulse player during Friday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game against Blackwater.
In a statement on Twitter, Rivera, girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks, denied calling Abueva a monkey during the controversial game. She accused Abueva of directing lewd gestures at her late in Phoenix Pulse’s victory over Blackwater.
The TV and movie personality said she would not use such derogatory remarks more so since Rivera’s boyfriend is a half Filipino, half African American.
“I did not call him a ‘monkey.’ Never did that word come out of my mouth. As you all know, I’ve been dating Ray Parks Jr. for a year now, who is also half Filipino, half African American. It would be disrespectful and discriminatory to call anyone that word. I’m in an interracial relational and I’m proud of that,” said Rivera.
In contrast to Abueva’s statements, Rivera said it was Abueva who started the incident after he reacted when she cheered for Parks.
“It started when I was cheering for Ray, because he was getting hit and fouled badly. So I was encouraging him ‘C’mon, skat, you got this. Kaya mo ‘yan. Then the Phoenix player looked at me and pointed at the scoreboard laughing, shrugging. I know the hardwork my boyfriend goes through so I pounded my chest and pointed at Ray to show him I love him while guarding the Phoenix player,” said Rivera.
Rivera admitted saying ‘bye’ to Abueva when her group realized he has fouled out.
“As he walked closer to us, mind you, we were sitting courtside and that’s all we said. ‘Bye.’ No more, no less,” said Rivera.
She said that was the time Abueva called her ‘b***h’ more than two times. Rivera admitted she flashed a dirty finger at Abueva.
“When he got to the middle of the court, he then said ‘b***h and had said it another time after. Now I do admit I gave him the bad finger after I was called a b***h more than two times, was staring at me, licking his lips, smiling, nodding, screaming, and gesturing me to shut up using a zipper motion on his lips, then laughing more, now with the team. He then came closer and perform a sexual gesture in which he ‘masturbated with semen coming out’ and looking at me then laughing again with some of his teammates,” said Rivera.
Rivera said the act by Abueva and a few of his teammates were seen on TV and is now on YouTube.
“One of the players were even caught repeating a short version of what the Phoenix player did and was caught on live television and on YouTube now,” said Rivera.
“I will file a legal complaint to the PBA commissioner and I trust that they will take actions on this matter,” said Rivera.