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Calvin Abueva slapped with PHP100K fine for mocking Jorge Gallent in PBA Comm's Cup Finals Game 2

Calvin Abueva was slapped with a huge fine for a disrespectful gesture alluding to coach Jorge Gallent. Kennelf Monteza (file photo) 
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Calvin Abueva was slapped with a PHP100,000 fine for his actions at San Miguel head coach Jorge Gallent during a confrontation during Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals on Sunday night.

Commissioner Willie Marcial made the announcement on Tuesday after he summoned Abueva, Mo Tautuaa, and his wife Aida to his office.

Abueva was caught on camera mocking Gallent's eye defect, which counts as an offense of "the dignity of any person on account of 'physical disability'."

Gallent lost sight in his right eye after a motorcycle accident in 1988, forcing him to cut short his college basketball stint with Far Eastern University.

According to Marcial, Abueva quickly apologized to Gallent after the game.

During the Tuesday meeting, Marcial mediated between Abueva and the Tautuaas, and both camps patched things up following a verbal spat they had right after the game.

"Abueva apologized to the PBA and to Tautuaa and his wife. Nagkausap at nagkaayos na sila," Marcial said as quoted in the league's website.

With no other penalty slapped to Abueva, he is cleared to play for Game 3 on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City as his team, Magnolia, looks to score a win to avoid dropping to a 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven championship series.

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