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PBA lifts ban on Abueva

Calvin Abueva is all smiles during Phoenix's Sunday practice. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--"The Beast" is making a comeback!

The PBA officially lifted the indefinite ban slapped on Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva.

Commissioner Willie Marcial and deputy Eric Castro met with Abueva, Fuel Masters coach Topex Robinson, and manager Paolo Bugia on Saturday to discuss the terms of lifting the suspension that has lasted for 15 months.

Among those agreed upon is a counselling program where Abueva can participate.

Marcial, however, warned the embattled superstar of future sanctions and suspensions if he does the same acts that led to his harsh penalty.

During last year's Commissioner's Cup, Abueva clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones and also had a verbal altercation with Maica Rivera, the girlfriend of then Blackwater rookie Ray-Ray Parks, who has since joined TNT as well.

In a statement on Sunday, Marcial is hoping that "Abueva had 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 was immediately cleared for action, making him available for Phoenix's Monday night game against NLEX at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

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