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'The Beast' set to be unleashed: Calvin Abueva's suspension lifted

MANILA. After 15 months, the suspension of the man known as “The Beast,” Calvin Abueva, has been lifted by the PBA, paving the way for him to play for Phoenix on Monday, October 26, 2020. (PBA)

“THE Beast” is finally going to be unleashed on Monday, October 26.

After a long 15 months, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) finally lifted the suspension of Phoenix Super LPG’s fiery forward Calvin Abueva Sunday morning, thereby allowing him to play for the Fuel Masters on Monday, October 26, 2020.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, deputy commissioner Eric Castro and technical officer Mauro Bengua sat down with Phoenix’s team manager Paolo Bugia, coach Topex Robinson and Abueva on Saturday and discussed the guidelines on the lifting of Abueva’s suspension.

Marcial also laid down the fines and penalties that will be meted out by the PBA Commissioner’s Office should Abueva commit on and off misdemeanor in the future.

Abueva, relieved and remorseful, apologized and thank his family, his team, his PBA family and his fans for their continued support especially during his most trying time.

The league commissioner said he hopes Abueva has learned a lesson from the suspension and encouraged him to continuously persevere, change for the better and be the “Beast” who champions good manners and right conduct for himself, his family, his PBA family and the viewing public who look up to him as their hero and example.

Abueva, who has been allowed to join his teammates in the PBA bubble, was suspended indefinitely for his clothesline hit on TNT import Terrence Jones and a verbal altercation against Ray Parks’ girlfriend.

The inclusion of Abueva in Phoenix’s rotation provides the Fuel Masters an added depth when they face the NLEX Road Warriors on Monday.


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