Abueva, Espinas apologize for joining Bulacan league

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2013 05:17 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 01:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska players Calvin Abueva and Gabby Espinas have apologized to PBA Commissioner Chito Salud after the two Aces were questioned for playing in a small Bulacan league without their team's permission.

"Humihingi po ako ng paumanhin sa aking paglalaro sa isang liga sa Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Inimbitahan po ako ni Calvin Abueva na maglaro at magbigay kasiyahan sa mga tao doon," Espinas said in a statement posted in the league website.

"At dahil off-season, at siya'y aking teammate, napagpasyahan ko po na siya'y pagbigyan. Gayon pa man, ako po ay humihingi ng tawad sa inyo at sa buong PBA organization at ipinapangako na hindi na po mauulit ang ganitong pangyayari," he added.

Abueva also apologized for playing in the league and explained why he and Espinas decided to join.

"Mayroon po akong pinsan doon na siyang nag-anyaya sa akin upang maglaro bilang guest player at magbigay ng kasiyahan sa mga tao," said Abueva. "Sa aking pagkakaalam, pwede pong maglaro sa maliliit na liga pag off-season."

"Ngunit ngayon po ay alam ko na hindi pwede, at pinapangako ko po na hindi na mauulit ang ganitong pangyayari," he added.

Salud issued memos to Abueva and Espinas last week, noting that their participation in the Bulacan league was a violation of the Players' Uniform Contract (UPC).

"Nasa UPC 'yun. That rule does not prohibit them from earning extra money, but to protect them against injury and undue harm," Salud said.

Salud decided not to punish the Alaska pair, but reminded them as well as other PBA players that they need permission from their franchises before participating in small leagues in the off-season.