Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was visibly upset when he emerged from the dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday. But it was not the 103-98 loss to Phoenix that he was upset about. Parks was unhappy about what he said was "messed up" antics by Phoenix star Calvin Abueva. Parks said Abueva called girlfriend Maika Rivera, a b---- on his way to the bench in the final moments of the game.
Parks also accused Abueva of making a lewd gesture towards Rivera who was sitting courtside opposite the Elite's bench when Abueva fouled out with 11 ticks remaining in the match.
"That's messed up, you don't do that to any fan, let alone somebody that I care about. They stopped me from going into their locker room. You don't do that," he told several reporters. "I understand he plays with antics and plays with people's minds but why can't he do that to me? Why would he go off to the side of the court, to nobody that had nothing to do and literally call that person a b---- while looking at the clock. Excuse my language. I don't even curse. And he's going to curse at my girl and say, 'What now, b----?' and then do [the crude gesture]."
Parks said he was told about it only after the match.
"I didn't see it happen. I was told after the game. If I saw it happen, I'll be honest with you, I would have got thrown out the game. For real. He's lucky I didn't see it," he said.
Abueva, said Rivera hurled curse words and derogatory remarks against him.
"She did something foul as well. Just because we're players doesn't mean she can hurl words against me," Abueva said in Filipino, adding he was called a "monkey."
"She told me when I was fouled out, 'F--- you, get out of here.'"
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he already talked to Parks and Rivera after the match and apologized to the two in behalf of the PBA.
"He has to straight up get fined and has to do an apology at least. If you have enough dignity in you to do that. That isn't right," Parks said. "How would you feel if you were in my shoes? How do you feel if that was your mother, your wife? The mother of your kids? That's not right. Some things have to be done. I'm not going to let this just pass. This needs to get settled."
Marcial said he will summon Abueva next week to the league office to discuss the incident.