Barako Bull Energy big man Don Allado was fined P500,000 and was banned for one conference from all PBA-related activities, after the player met with PBA Commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday to explain his tweets accusing the league of game-fixing.
After a season-ending loss to the Powerade Tigers last Tuesday, Allado tweeted out that “#PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It’s a disgrace to be in this league. I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to #PBA. In my opinion, this league has little credibility left.”
Allado later deleted the tweets and apologized for them. Then upon meeting the commissioner, apologized once more.
“Inulit [niya] sa akin ang paghingi ng paumanhin sa buong PBA, sa players, governors. Yun daw ay resulta lang ng pagkatalo ng team niya. Burst of emotion sa Powerade,” said Salud in an interview on dzBB radio after the meeting.
Salud also reminded Allado of the power of Twitter and Facebook, chiding him, “Ang tweet, Facebook, maraming sumusunod diyan, delikado kung magsasalita ka ng kung anu-anong bagay.”
He also said that when he asked Allado to substantiate his claims of game-fixing, Allado could not reply. The 13-year veteran said he had never got an offer to drop a game, nor did he know of other players who got such offers.
“I took the occasion na ipaalala sa kanya ang responsibilidad ng PBA player sa fans. Ang maturity, sportsmanship, kailangan at all times they observe that on and off the court,” Salud added.
The commissioner admitted that a referee in the Powerade-Barako Bull game did indeed make an egregious non-call, failing to whistle a three-second violation on the Tigers’ import Omar Sneed, but said that upon review, the league, and even Barako Bull head coach Junel Baculi and team management agreed they were “outplayed by Powerade even during that time that a non-call was made.”
“Clearly it [Allado’s tweets] was an outburst of emotion in the heat of competition,” Salud concluded.
And despite his apology, Salud still felt that the 33-year-old still needed to be punished.
“I laud his apology, it takes a man to admit his fault. I laud his passion for the game but I cannot condone this kind of behavior. There will be punishment,” he said.
Salud also added that Allado’s team “made it clear they are not tolerating the actuations of Allado and there will be internal sanctions meted out also.” – AMD, GMA News
Source: GMA News