PBA veteran Don Allado of Barako Bull on Wednesday said pro league games are "fixed" in a stunning accusation that stirred up a storm on Twitter and drew a swift and strong reaction from the Commissioner's Office.
Just hours after Tuesday's 99-95 loss to Powerade knocked Barako Bull out of semifinal contention in the Governors Cup, Allado said on his official Twitter account @alotofDON: "I'm the guy that says what others can't. #PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It's a disgrace to be in this league."
Allado, a 13-year veteran out of La Salle, scored seven points in Tuesday night's loss and looked a forlorn figure late in a match marred by a couple of controversial calls near the end.
The 6-6 center initially tweeted his frustrations over the officiating, saying in an early-morning posting: "I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing bcoz of referees."
League commissioner Chito Salud immediately slammed Allado's allegation.
"He's certainly way out of line. He is indicting not just the game officials but the entire organization and membership of the league...his co-players and team officials alike," Salud said in a statement.
Salud also warned that his office will deal with the matter sternly: "This is a serious accusation and I do not intend to take it lightly."
Special Assistant to the Commissioner Willy Marcial said: "Kulang ang fine at suspension sa mga accusations ni Allado sa liga kapag hindi n'ya napatunayan."
Allado, however, appeared undaunted. After being advised by a follower to delete his controversial post lest he get into trouble, the Barako Bull slotman tweeted back: "tnx pare. But I hope they sanction me. I will expose them all."
"I will leave on my own terms. Not theirs. Thanks," he tweeted later.
Allado has been summoned to appear before Salud on Thursday at 11 a.m. He has since deleted the controversial tweets.
Tuesday night's game was marred by an unbelievable non-call in the end game when the referees failed to whistle Powerade import Omar Sneed for a three-second violation despite being flat on his back inside the shaded area for at least eight seconds.
Marcial has confirmed that referee Peter Balao, who should have made the call, has been immediately suspended for the rest of the season.
Allado was apparently frustrated over the way the game was called.
In succeeding tweets, he said: "I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to #PBA . In my opinion, this league has little credibility left.