THE PBA Philippine Cup bubble action in Pampanga is about to get even more exciting.
The PBA and Phoenix Super LPG have agreed to unleash the controversial Calvin Abueva, nicknamed the “Beast”, starting Monday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena.
Abueva willl finally make his long-awaited debut when the Fuel Masters take on NLEX Road Warriors at 4 p.m.
This will be Abueva’s first game with the Fuel Masters since being suspended indefinitely by both the PBA and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) after his clothesline tackle on Talk N Text import Terrence Jones in the last PBA Governors Cup.
The PBA Commissioner’s Office has just lifted Abueva’s indefinite suspension, allowing the 6-foot-3 forward from Pampanga to rejoin his teammates.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said he hopes Abueva had learned a lesson from the suspension and encouraged him to continuously persevere, change for the better and be the “Beast” who champions good manners and right conduct for himself, his family, his PBA family and the viewing public who look up to him as their hero and example.
Marcial also laid down the fines and penalties that will be meted out by the PBA Commissioner’s Office should Abueva commit on and off-court misdemeanor in the future.
Abueva had earlier apologized and thanked his family, his team, his PBA family and his fans for their continued support especially during his most trying time.
Before the PBA decision, Abueva underwent an extensive three-day Professional Athletes’ Code of Conduct and Ethics” seminar organized by GAB, headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra.
In her report to Mitra, GAB lead evaluator Kara Mallonga said Abueva received a high passing mark during the zoom seminar.
“The Professional Athletes’ Code and Conduct and Ethics” seminar has been satisfactorily completed by Calvin Abueva as part of the pre-requisites for the reinstatement of his GAB professional license,” said Mallonga.
Mitra welcomed Abueva’s return.
“He (Abueva) deserves to be given a second chance,” said Mitra.
Last Friday, Phoenix battled back from a 17-point deficit to subdue Magnolia and coach Topex Robinson promptly dedicated the victory to Abueva.
“Winning it for Calvin is really big for us. We don’t want to lose again and go back to the hotel knowing that Calvin wants to help us, and the best thing he can do is practice and cheer for us and pray for us,” said Robinson, who even accompanied Abueva to the GAB office just before the formal restart last Oct.11.
“The reason (we lost) during those games (was) because that’s what we are missing from Calvin. The energy, and that’s what the team provided us during that fourth quarter. You see everybody cheering because we know that if Calvin is on the bench, he will do the same,” explained Robinson.
With Abueva back in action, Phoenix is expected to become even more tougher with a line-up that also include Matthew Wright, RJ Jazul, Jason Perkins and Justin Chua.