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Phoenix fines suspended Abueva for 'ligang labas' play

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Calvin Abueva fined for playing in non-sanctioned game (0:46)

Phoenix Pulse imposes an undisclosed fine on the suspended forward (0:46)

Phoenix management will be imposing an undisclosed fine on Calvin Abueva after the suspended forward was seen recently playing in a 'ligang labas' in Rizal.

Videos of Abueva seeing action in an inter-barangay tournament in San Isidro, Montalban surfaced online, prompting the Fuel Masters to take action on Monday.

"The Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters are deeply disappointed upon learning of Calvin Abueva's participation in an unsanctioned 'ligang labas' game in Montalban, Rizal," the team said in a statement. "An internal fine will be imposed on him for these actions. Any further incidents will be dealt with more severity."

League rules state that players are barred from participating in any other tournament unless their mother teams give clearance.

Abueva has yet to return to the PBA after his June 2 scuffle with TNT import Terrence Jones earned him an indefinite suspension. He is also barred from attending practices with the team.

He has since written a letter of apology to the Commissioner's Office, but there's still no word on when Abueva can return to Phoenix's lineup.

"The team has spoken to Calvin previously and agreed that the cager will use this idle time to reflect on his character while working out on his own both physically and mentally to ready himself for his eventual return once his suspension is lifted," the statement read.

"This news is not only breach to team policies and rules, but also a stark contrast of how we wish to exude our players, especially Calvin."

Without Abueva around, Phoenix posted a 4-7 record and faltered out of playoff contention for the first time since he arrived in August 2018.