Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva has made his first public apology since an indefinite suspension was handed to him last June by PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.
In an Instagram video posted Saturday morning, Abueva apologized to the parties that he had affected or offended with his actions.
"I am asking for forgiveness for the things that I had done in the PBA. To Talk 'N Text (TNT), Talk 'N Text fans. To the Phoenix Fuel Masters management, the Phoenix fans, and most especially to the Board of Governors, to Commissioner Willie Marcial, to Bobby Ray Parks and [girlfriend] Maika Rivera, and then to the PBA family," Abueva said in Filipino.
"I am asking for forgiveness for the things I have done. I shall continue what I have started," he added.
Abueva has missed over four months for Phoenix for his several on-court incidents, including making an obscene hand gesture against Blackwater guard Ray Parks Jr.'s girlfriend Maika Rivera, and a wild clothesline against Commissioner's Cup Best Import Terrence Jones weeks later.
Those offenses also cost him 70,000 pesos.
Abueva was also accused of being involved in ligang labas games, or games not under the supervision of the PBA.
The 31-year-old had recently been allowed by the league to return to practice, although there is still no concrete timetable laid out for the lifting of his suspension.
Aside from practice, the former Rookie of the Year has been participating in community service, per Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia. He also participated in a PBA-arranged open practice of Phoenix at the TIP campus on Thursday.
Bugia clarified that the team did not coerce Abueva into making the statement.
"This is something he totally did on his own. No one mandated him to do anything nor did anyone write a speech for him," said the former Ateneo standout.
"This was something he thought of and felt was the right time to do it. He has come a long way these past few months and we are optimistic that this is just another step to his return to the PBA," he added.
The Fuel Masters are currently in tenth place in the Governors' Cup with a 2-5 record.