Calvin Abueva gets his salary despite suspension, coach Compton clarifies
MANILA, Philippines – Details on Calvin Abueva's indefinite suspension remained under wraps.
But Alaska head coach Alex Compton said Abueva still gets compensated – but with a fine – despite the penalty slapped on the energetic forward for his unexplained absences in team practices and one game.
"He's got a family, so it's not like, we can't...yeah, so he has been, the whole time, getting his salary with a fine," Compton told reporters after the Aces absorbed an 86-105 whipping from Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Sunday, June 24.
Compton, however, neither disclosed the amount Abueva is getting nor the 30-year-old's return date even as the Aces lost back-to-back games by an average of 17 points.
"The amount won't be disclosed. That's not public business, but I know there are some concerned fans, so I'm allowed to share that."
With or without Abueva, who missed his 5th game, Compton said his wards should still stay competitive – something he did not see against the Gin Kings where they trailed by as much as 33 points.
"I don't take excuses for anybody. We have guys that wear the Alaska jersey, practice every day. I don't care who's putting it on, you better honor it, and I don't think we honored it," Compton said.
As the Aces prepare for their final elimination round game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome in July 6, Abueva might see action for Gilas Pilipinas in the 3rd window of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup.
The national team face will face Chinese-Taipei on June 29 and Australia on July 2. – Rappler.com