If you have been looking for some basketball entertainment in the two days between Games 2 and 3 of the NBA Finals, then, man, do I have a story for you.
Meet Calvin Abueva, a 31-year-old Filipino forward known as “The Beast,” who made a decent case this weekend for the title of dirtiest player in the world. You may remember him from such international incidents as his headbutt of a Chinese player in a 2017 FIBA Asia Cup game or his role in the wildest brawl you’ll ever see — a chair-throwing, cheap-shotting fracas at the 2018 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
Abueva is still a paid professional in the Philippine Basketball Association, at least until this weekend, when two separate acts earned him another indefinite ban.
Abueva’s first target was the girlfriend of Blackwater Elite guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr. during a game on Friday. The Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters forward allegedly referred to Parks’ girlfriend as a “bitch” and directed a masturbatory motion at her.
Ray Parks calls out Calvin Abueva for his obscene gestures towards his girlfriend Maika Rivera late in Phoenix's 103-98 win over Blackwater. Parks said Abueva called Rivera a "b**ch." #PBA2019 | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/AWtjeHyR3E— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) May 31, 2019
“C’mon, man,” Parks told reporters after the game. “I know everybody here has people in their lives that they care about that’s a woman — your mother, your sister, cousin, I don’t know — but that ain’t right. Beyond the game, that’s disrespectful.”
“At the end of the day,” he added, “something has to be done. That ain’t right.”
Parks’ calls for disciplinary measures were not answered before Abueva’s next game against TNT KaTropa on Sunday. That’s when Abueva took on former Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones, who just recently signed with the PBA.
Abueva took a cheap shot at Jones, who responded by whacking his aggressor in the groin. Jones performed a celebratory dance on the sidelines, which did not sit well with Abueva, who — once he recovered from the shot to his nether region — clotheslined Jones, danced on the scorer’s table and flashed his middle finger.
Jones denied striking Abueva in the groin after the fact, calling him “a funny guy.”
Terrence Jones denies hitting Calvin Abueva in the groin area midway through the final frame of TNT's 114-88 win over Phoenix here in Antipolo City.— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) June 2, 2019
Abueva was ejected after clotheslining Jones.
Jones says Abueva is a "funny guy." #PBA2019 | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/WVS8aGTdvL
Abueva’s middle finger has featured prominently in the PBA. He was fined last year for “foisting a dirty finger” in back-to-back games. He was fined last month for flashing it multiple times during a game, in which another player decided Abueva’s antics warranted a kick to his privates. And Abueva allegedly flipped off Parks’ girlfriend on Friday, between his other obscene language and lewd gestures.
His hijinks earned him an indefinite ban and a fine of 70,000 Philippine pesos (about $1,350) — 20,000 for his behavior on Friday and 50,000 for Sunday’s altercation.
Jones also received a P70,000 fine.
Per the league, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial “said that he had to impose the penalty of indefinite suspension to instill discipline and maintain professionalism in the league. He said that he can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his offensive and obnoxious on-court behavior against the fans and his fellow players.” Lifting the ban “will all depend on how and when Abueva makes an apology to those whom he has offended, and how he will henceforth reform in his ways.”
Abueva issued an apology to Parks, but specifically did not not apologize to the girlfriend, denying he knew who she was. Abueva alleged that Parks’ girlfriend called him a “monkey,” which she denies. The PBA said it has video of the incident.
This comes almost exactly a year after Abueva’s last indefinite suspension, which was imposed by his former team when “troubling personal issues” led to him twice going AWOL after the PBA All-Star Game (his sixth of seven straight selections).
While suspended by the Alaska Aces, Abueva played for the Philippine national team in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, where he earned a six-game ban from FIBA for his role in the brawl with Australia. A month later, the Alaska Aces traded Abueva for a first-round pick from the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters, which seems like solid value for a guy who gets suspended from every basketball team for which he plays.
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