PBA: GAB hopes a more tamed Calvin returns from suspension
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 04, 2020 02:24 PM
"Ako I believe in him, he's a very good player. Pero sana naman mag-tame down na ng konti." — GAB Chairman Baham Mitra on Calvin Abueva.
Calvin Abueva's PBA suspension has dragged on for more than a year now.
While it appears that Abueva is very close to completing his PBA requirements for reinstatement, the ongoing pandemic seen as one of the main reasons for the delay, it's no secret that his return to basketball still could take a while.
Abueva's final reinstatement is still up to the decision of the PBA Commissioner and the PBA Board.
When he does come back though, all eyes will definitely be on him. Calvin could be on a more tighter leash and any more of his previous shenanigans might mean harsher punishment in the future.
"As everybody knows, we have observed his improper and unprofessional decorum in the games. You think he's worth called being a professional player? Minsan unbecoming na of a professional player," Games and Amusements Board Chairman Baham Mitra said on the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum when the name of Calvin was brought up.
"Ako I believe in him, he's a very good player. Pero sana naman mag-tame down na ng konti, nakaka-sakit na siya eh. Nakaktakot baka mamaya maka-injure siya ng ibang professional," he added.
The GAB has not taken any action regarding the case of Abueva, who was indefinitely suspended last year on top of a P70,000 fine for a number of offenses in Phoenix's opening weekend in the 2019 Commissioner's Cup, including a clothesline on TNT KaTropa import Terrence Jones.
If the PBA decides to reinstate Calvin, the GAB will simply acknowledge it although the professional board prefers if Abueva can communicate with them as well.
"We are separate with what the PBA is doing. There has been no communication between Calvin and the GAB. In case the PBA thinks na okay na siya, then he will have to also try to at least reach out to us. Sabi ko nga, we don't want to over regulate. We always believe in self-regulation," Mitra said.
"Ngayon, kung nadisiplina na siya, he can probably present what steps and proper therapy sessions he has undergone. Then if he convinces the Board, then okay lang din naman samin," he added.
Abueva's ongoing suspension is certainly one of the harshest punishments a PBA player has received in recent years.
With that being said, the Chairman Mitra has issued a reminder to all players about their responsibilities as professional athletes.
"Remind po natin yung mga players no, lahat po kayo may lisensya sa Games and Amusements Board," he said.
"We don't want to overstep, but we're here and we're watching. Turning pro comes with responsibilities," Mitra added.
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