Abueva wants to move on from off-court drama

Published November 7, 2020, 5:50 PM

by Waylon Galvez

Calvin Abueva of Phoenix is more concerned about their playoff chances. (PBA Images)

Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters veteran Calvin Abueva is choosing to move forward, and focus on basketball, rather than answer questions pertaining to issues he is involved with his recent pronouncement that made the rounds on social media.

The energetic forward of Phoenix found himself again in another controversy following a post by TNT Tropang Giga guard Ray Parks belying the claims of Abueva that they are in good terms now.

However, the player known in the PBA as “The Beast” said he is putting an end to this issue.

“Ako sa tutuusin ayoko na palakihin itong issue… Tapos na ‘tong issue na ‘to,” Abueva said in an episode of The Chasedown last Saturday on Cignal TV’s One PH channel.

“Kung mag-move on, move on na. Panibagong life na ‘to e, going forward na tayo. Kasi… lahat ng yun nasabi ko na, lahat ng yun na lesson na sa akin. Kung hindi pa rin makapag-move on, ako move on na.”

“At no comment na ako about sa issue, ayoko pumasok sa issue na naman na ganyan kasi pag-uusapan kami sa social media,” said Abueva, adding that he prefers to talk about the campaign of Phoenix.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial recently activated Abueva after a 16-month suspension following an unsportsmanlike foul on ex-TNT import Terrence Jones, and also his obscene gestures towards the girlfriend of Parks – Maika Rivera – in a game against Blackwater.

In a recent guesting on of Sports Page also on One PH channel, Abueva said he and Parks have made peace during a chance encounter inside the PBA bubble at Quest Hotel.

“Nagkita kami at nabanggit ko na, ‘Hey bro, sorry for the past few years na nangyari,” said Abueva. “Sabi niya, ‘It’s okay, keep up what you’re doing. I wish you’re gonna come back soon.”

But in a social media post – that was eventually deleted – Parks refuted the claims of Abueva.

“Never in my life did I say, ‘It’s okay, keep up what you’re doing. I wish you’re gonna come back soon.”

“Look. I’m just pissed off that people would publish something that never came out my mouth! I’m not mad about the comeback, I’m pissed off about the damn lie!”

TNT downed Phoenix 110-91 in their lone elimination round game last Oct. 19.

A week later, Marcial reinstated Abueva to active status before the team’s game against NLEX. With the way the two teams are performing, the only chance for TNT and Phoenix to face-off in the playoffs – possibly in the semifinal round of the tournament.

If that happens, expect an exciting battle between Abueva and Parks – a chance to settle the score on the basketball court.

 
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