Mga problema ni Abueva
TILA walang katapusan ang mga problemang kinasasangkutan ng Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters player na si Calvin Abueva.
Hindi pa tapos ang usapin sa “kaso” niya sa Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) at Games and Amusements Board (GAB) ay heto na naman at sumulpot ang kanyang maybahay na sinabing siya ay minaltrato ni Abueva.
Huwag nating husgahan agad si ‘‘The Beast’’ sapagkat sabi nga sa batas ‘‘you’re innocent until proven guilty.’’
Bagamat hindi nakatutuwa kundi nakagagalit ang mga trobol na kinasasangkutan ni Abueva ay tao rin siyang may puso’s damdamin. Bigyan natin siya ng pagkakataong ipagtanggol ang sarili.
Ngunit sa ngayon, siya ang totoong ehemplo ng isang manlalarong nagmula sa hirap na tila nabulag sa kislap ng yaman at kasikatan.
Tinawag siyang ‘‘The Beast’’ dahil mala-halimaw siyang maglaro ng basketbol ngunit sa mga nangyayari sa kanya sa kasalukuyan ay tila iba na ang ibig sabihin ng ‘‘The Beast.’’
Noon pa man ay sinulat ko na dito na hindi dapat balewalain ni Abueva ang mga pagkakataon na ibinibigay sa kanya sa PBA.
Sumugal sa kanya ang manedsment ng Phoenix sapagkat naniniwala si coach Louie Alas na taos-puso kay Abueva ang pagbabago ng ugali.
Hindi pa huli ang lahat kay Abueva ngunit dapat niyang maintindihan na ang lahat ay may katapusan at napapagod rin ang mga taong nais siyang bigyan ng pagkakataon.
Ito ang sinulat ko tungkol sa mga isyung kanyang kinakaharap.
Shackled with an indefinite suspension by the PBA, Phoenix talented but ‘’beastly’’ Calvin Abueva’s bid to rise from oblivion just become harder than ever.
This developed as Games and Amusements Board chair Abraham Kahlil ‘‘Baham’’ Mitra said the government agency regulating professional sports is studying whether to permanently cancel Abueva’s licence to play in the pro league.
‘Abueva’s actions doesn’t paint a very good picture of Philippine sports. The board is studying whether to cancel his license due to his unsportsmanlike behavior,’’ Mitra told the weekly Usapang Sports by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports on Thursday at the National Press Club in Intramuros.
A popular lawmaker from Palawan before being appointed by President Duterte to head the GAB, Mitra stressed that Abueva can no longer play in the pro league if his license is cancelled.
PBA players need to secure a license which can be renewed annually from the GAB.
Jun Bautista, chief of the agency’s professional sports division, and medical head Dr. Radentor Viernes joined Mitra in the forum. Viernes is also head of the organizing committee of the first-ever Philippine Professional Sports Summit on Sept. 24-25 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay.
Mitra said the GAB is also conducting its own inquiry to know the truth behind the Abueva-Terrence Jones incident which happened last June 2 during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
‘‘I cannot say yet what Abueva must do to be able to come back. Maybe have a rehab for anger management. It’s not very good for a pro athlete to clothesline somebody, said Mitra, who stressed that GAB personnel in the Phoenix-TNT game submitted their own findings.
Bautista confirmed that Abueva wrote GAB a letter after the incident but he clarified that the former San Sebastian Stag player didn’t ask for a reprieve. Bautista also said that Abueva committed another violation when he played for a ‘‘ligang labas’’ in Montalban, Rizal.
Mitra stressed that even pros must get GAB permission in order to play for the Philippines in international tournament like the FIBA-Asia World Cup.
‘’Again, the board is looking into this recent act of Abueva,’’ said Mitra.
Abueva, whose talent is being overshadowed by his repeated failures to check his emotions, also got criticized by Phoenix management his latest stunt.
Meanwhile, Mitra said the GAB-organized Pro Sports Summit aims to raise the level of professional sports in the country while taking care of the welfare of the athletes.
‘’We’re hoping to invite the different stakeholders in professional sports to participate in this sports summit under GAB,”said Mitra. ‘’“We’re trying to bring GAB closer to our stakeholders, closer to the people. Through the convention, we’re hoping to come up with a dialogue and assessment. We hope to come up with a road map on what we have to do and where we want to go.”
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