BARAKO Bull center Don Allado has been fined P500,000 and banned for one conference for his accusations on Wednesday that Philippine Basketball Association games are fixed.
In a press conference shortly after Allado appeared before Commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday morning, the 13-year PBA veteran expressed his willingness to accept whatever sanction to be imposed on him by the league chief.
“I am ready to face whatever the commissioner gives me, and also my team on what they think I deserve,” Allado said. “I have to man up to my mistakes and take the consequences.”
Salud said the sanctions are final and unappealable.
The amount will be given to two beneficiaries, with P300,000 going to a players' education trust fund and P200,000 to a charitable institution of Allado's choice.
That's not even the end of Allado's misery. Barako Bull management is also expected to sanction their 13-year veteran for his actions.
“Definitely because Barako management doesn’t tolerate this kind of action,” team manager Raffy Casyao said.
Allado offered a formal apology during the press conference, saying: “I hope fans can forgive me for what happened and put this behind us so we can move on.”
Salud accepted Allado’s apology, but it didn’t prevent him from slapping the 6-foot-6 center with one of the harshest sanctions handed out to an individual player in the league's 37-year history.
“He was apologetic and reiterated that his passion for the game got the best of him. While I laud his passion, this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated,” Salud said.
The commissioner reminded the rest of the players and officials to be more cautious when airing their views on the internet and encouraged them to instead post tweets that can help promote the league.
“Be more circumspect. Use these media to promote the league. This is your source of livelihood. Don’t use these media to downgrade this league,” he said.
Asked if the league is planning to draft new rules regarding players’ posts on social networking sites, Salud said the rules are already in place. He cited one all-encompassing article in the league's by-laws that empowers the commissioner to impose sanctions for acts deemed "detrimental to the best interest of the league."
“The constitution of the PBA is clear on that matter. Players, coaches, and other team officials cannot make public statements that are detrimental to the best interest of the league,” he said.