MANILA, Philippines – The Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters on Tuesday night said that while they do not agree with the sanctions given to mercurial forward Calvin Abueva, they will abide with the decision made by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
Marcial had suspended Abueva indefinitely, and fined him P70,000 following an eventful weekend that saw him generate controversy in two separate games.
Abueva first got in hot water for his verbal run-in and obscene gestures against Maika Rivera, the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Ray Parks Jr., during their game last Friday. He was then tossed out of their game against TNT on Sunday after clotheslining import Terrence Jones.
"While we do not agree with the decision, we have no alternative at the moment but to abide by it," Phoenix management said in a statement.
"We no longer wish to comment on the basis of the decision but just expect and hope that incidents like this in the future will be treated similarly and decided the same manner regardless of the player involved," the team added.
"This is already a decision precedent that should be used as basis in deciding similar infractions."
Aside from Abueva, Phoenix head coach Louie Alas was also suspended for two games and fined P40,000 after his actions in their game against TNT.
Alas was called for "flagrant misconduct" after he shoved TNT's David Semerad, and subsequently fined P20,000. He was also fined an additional P20,000 "for issuing statements detrimental to the league."
Alas had called for improved officiating after the game, even suggesting that the PBA should look into hiring foreign referees.
Phoenix import Rob Dozier and forward Jason Perkins were fined P1,000 each after receiving technical fouls.
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