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Alaska slaps Abueva with indefinite suspension

Calvin Abueva's surprise hiatus got prolonged surprisingly.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Calvin Abueva's post-All-Star Week disappearance did not sit well with Alaska.

The Aces sanctioned the energetic forward with an indefinite suspension for the said matter.

"The Alaska Aces has placed Calvin Abueva on indefinite suspension following his more than one week absence from practice and failing to advise the coaching staff and management of his whereabouts," said team owner Wilfred Uytengsu in a statement on Saturday.

Personal problems prompted Abueva to skip Alaska's recent activities, even revealing that he spent his time off in Baguio.

However, as he was set to return to training, the suspension order was meted out.

"While the team understands Calvin may be going through some troubling personal issues, it does not obviate his responsibility to his team. The suspension is effective immediately," Uytengsu continued.

The development means Abueva will not see action when the Aces battle the Magnolia Hotshots on Sunday  night as the PBA Commissioner's Cup resumes play at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

With Jeron Teng still out due to the wounds he got during a stabbing incident last week, Coach Alex Compton will now have to dig deep to alleviate the small forward void for Alaska.

However, Uytengsu clarified, "Alaska, however, will allow Abueva to play for Gilas if Coach Chot Reyes chooses to use him in the line up."

Curiously, though, Abueva was also not around when the Nationals returned to practice on Monday night at the Meralco Gym in Pasig.

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