GAMES and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra has reminded mercurial forward Calvin Abueva, who was traded by Phoenix to Magnolia last week, to behave since he is still on a six-month probation with the government agency regulating pro sports.
Mitra yesterday said he has talked with Magnolia team manager Alvin Patrimonio to inform him that Abueva must comply with the conditions that enabled him to renew his license after being suspended for over a year for various misdemeanors.
“Calvin is still under a six-month probation period. Even if he has transferred to a different team, as a professional licensed by GAB, he still needs to honor what has been agreed upon and his commitment to the (GAB) board which was the basis of his reinstatement,” Mitra noted.
“He is a professional athlete and the youth look up to him. We expect him to set an example to the younger generation,” he added.
As part of the conditions of his reinstatement, Abueva was required to complete a GAB-supervised seminar on the proper professional code of conduct and ethics. Mitra said that Magnolia will now assume the same role in providing Abueva “with the necessary support that he needs to cope with the demands by his professional practice as athlete… by Alvin Patrimonio and coach Chito Victolero.”
He said Abueva attended GAB’s mandated monitoring sessions until December, two months after securing his pro license, but missed them last January, citing “pressing family matters.”
Reports (not in Malaya-Business Insight) said that Abueva was relapsing to his old ways, reportedly one of the reasons why Phoenix made the blockbuster deal that sent him to Magnolia for guard Chris Banchero and its first-round (No. 6) and second-round (No. 18) draft rights.
Considered one of the deepest pools in years, the PBA draft session is set on March 14.