Suspended Calvin Abueva has fulfilled all six needed requirements for his reinstatement in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Abueva, himself, confirmed that he already completed all the things required by the league but didn’t specify those requirements.
“I am just waiting for the PBA’s decision. Yes, I already completed all requirements,” said the 32-year-old Abueva in Filipino, who, according to his agent Danny Espiritu, underwent several tests including psychological therapy during the pandemic.
Espiritu said all the requirements were completed by the first week of August.
One of Abueva’s plans once he is allowed to return is to again play for Gilas Pilipinas.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, however, did not comment for the meantime after learning that the 6’3” former San Sebastian College standout has completed all the requirements.
Without a salary coming from Phoenix due to his indefinite suspension, Abueva is relying on a seafood restaurant in San Juan City in these desperate times.
Known for his intense plays and hustle, the player called by the fans as the “Beast” was slapped with an indefinite suspension and was fined P70,000 last June 4, 2019 for clotheslining former NBA player and TNT KaTropa import Terrence Jones during a game in Antipolo last May 2019.
He had a verbal tussle with Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s girlfriend in a separate incident also from that month.
While suspended, Abueva of Angeles, Pampanga made a public apology for his action in addition to his apology to the PBA board. He also made some charitable works, held basketball clinics and community services, as part of the requirements asked by the league.
Abueva was allowed to attend Phoenix’s training last September by the league.