Basketball, PBA

Calvin Abueva plays in a Bulacan small-time league without Aces’ approval

Calvin Abueva's "ligang labas" ways might be silenced after this latest incidence.

Calvin Abueva’s “ligang labas” ways might be silenced after this latest incidence.

Alaska Aces’ hotshot rookie Calvin Abueva might face sanctions or a suspension after reports that he participated in a local basketball league in Sta. Maria, Bulacan without informing (and approval) of his PBA team.

In a video that was uploaded on YouTube, Abueva was caught playing for the St. Joseph local team. Donning a green uniform and playing on a cement court, he dazzled the crowd with a number of dunks. The former San Sebastian Stag has been a regular participant of such leagues before he turned pro.

However, players of the oldest professional basketball league in Asia are not allowed to suit up for other leagues unless when they are given the go signal by team officials to do so. PBA Media Bureau Chief Willy Marcial said that the nature of the impending sanctions or suspension is upon discretion of Alaska.

Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo did not give a comment but he shared that The Beast did not attend a recent practice because her daughter was ill. Yet, he has talked about the incident with Abueva and there will be a personal conversation between the two once Abueva reports.

Adding fire to matters, one Aces official got mad upon learning the news because the game was halted by a near brawl. Meanwhile, team owner Wilfred Uytengsu is yet to give an official about the matter.

Abueva might follow the footsteps of former UST Growling Tiger Khasim Mirza when the latter played in a small-time league in Marikina two years ago. Mirza was fined for his actions while Air21 Express head coach Franz Pumaren gave him a furious sermon.

Here is the YouTube video showing Abueva suiting up for the a league in Bulacan:

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