Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas revealed that star forward Calvin Abueva will send a letter to the PBA office on Monday.
The seasoned bench strategist said that the eight-year pro feels remorseful about his actions, for which he incurred a hefty fine and an indefinite suspension from league commissioner Willie Marcial.
Abueva figured in two separate incidents, prompting the league to suspend him. The first was his lewd gesture towards Ray Parks’ girlfriend, and then his clothesline on TNT’s Terrence Jones.
“I guess sumulat naman na siya sa PBA… Remorseful naman yung tao, alam naman niya na mali siya,” said Alas, who has known Abueva since their Alaska days.
Alas – who got suspended for two games for his involvement in that heated Phoenix-TNT game last June 2 – also shared that Abueva regretted hitting Jones with the clothesline.
His hit on the former NBA cager was his retaliation for Jones hitting him in the groin moments prior, which nearly sparked a brawl.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanya, dapat magpa-pako siya sa krus, pero tapos na mahal na araw eh.
“But kidding aside, talagang sabi niya, talagang hindi niya dapat ginantihan,” said Alas.
The fiery mentor did not hold back and criticized Jones as well, as the 27-year-old got himself into another heated moment with LA Tenorio when TNT faced the Barangay Ginebra last Wednesday.
“Dapat ‘yun nagba-volleyball kasi ayaw nahahawakan eh.
“Kasi kung willing kang makatama, dapat willing ka rin matamaan. Si LA ang liit-liit, nakita namin si LA ang unang tinamaan. Hindi ko jina-justify si Calvin ha, sinasabi ko lang,” Alas said.
The Fuel Masters have been without Abueva for three games now, and it was only this Saturday that they won again, 78-76, thanks to Justin Chua’s game-winner.
But Alas admitted that they are still missing Abueva’s presence. The controversial player had been averaging 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists before the indefinite suspension.
“Siyempre, yung presence niya hinahanap pa rin namin.”