ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Ray Parks is trying his best to not let off court issues affect his young PBA career.
Just two days after his girlfriend Maika Rivera and Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva got involved in a rather unpleasant incident, Parks was back on the court, helping lead Blackwater to a bounce back win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Ray scored 16 points as the Elite rose to 4-1 with the victory over Rain or Shine. He says the off the court drama didn’t affect him and his team much.
Instead, he chose to be a consumate pro and did the job he’s supposed to.
“We gotta be professionals. Handle business, we did what we can today and we got the win,” Parks said.
“For right now, I just wanna focus on the PBA and do what we need to do, be professionals about it,” he added.
Abueva has since apologized via social media but Calvin only apologized to Parks.
Ray says he didn’t catch the apology but he appreciates it. However, Parks says that that energy should be directed towards his girlfriend and not him.
“To be honest I didn’t see or heard it, but I appreciate it,” Parks said of Abueva’s apology.
“But I feel like it should be more directed towards Maika. Because before this, me and Calvin had no issues. I feel like it’s just more of trying to protect Maika at the end of the day, she’s still a woman,” he added.
As for the alleged racial slurs, Parks says the truth will eventually come out.
However, Ray is confident that his girlfriend would do no such thing because he, like Calvin, is a Fil-Am too. Those alleged remarks would be offensive to him as well.
“There were some derogatory words that have been said, I know one thing for sure though, my girl is not racist,” Parks said.
“She comes from a good family, she’s dating me. I’m same as Calvin, Fil-Am also. It would be discriminatory to me if she would have said that word that was allegedly said. But the truth would find its way out,” he added.
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