The P500,000 fine levied on Barako Bull center-forward Don Carlos Allado by the PBA for his game-fixing rants on Twitter last Tuesday is already the highest fine ever for any individual in league history.
Allado, who was also banned by the league in any PBA-related activity for one conference, was ordered to remit P300,000 to the Commissioner’s Office within 15 days – a sum which will go to the players’ educational trust fund – and another P200,000 to a charitable institution of his choice.
Before Allado’s penalty, the previous biggest fine handed out by the league to an individual was believed to be the P200,000 paid by former Talk ‘N Text head coach Bill Bayno, who blasted the referees and called the PBA a “San Miguel league” way back in 2002.
The most recent fine of at least P500,000 was not on an individual but on Talk ‘N Text for walking out of Game Four of its best-of-five semifinal against Barangay Ginebra in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup.
As a result of that walkout, the Tropang Texters were fined P500,000 and their share of the revenues from that said game, approximated to be between P200,000 to P250,000, was witheld.
Red Bull was also fined P500,000 – P400,000 for the ballclub and P100,000 for head coach Yeng Guiao – for their attempted walkout in Game Four of their best-of-seven semifinal against San Miguel Beer in the 2006 Philippine Cup.
And who can forget Ginebra San Miguel’s walkout in Game Six of the 1990 Fiesta Conference Finals which handed Shell the championship? It cost the then La Tondena franchise P550,000 in fines back then when the peso-dollar exchange rate was still around P24 to a dollar.
Allado’s one-conference ban is also the longest in the league since Wynne Arboleda was suspended for the rest of the season after attacking a fan oncourt right in Burger King’s very first game of the 2009-10 Philippine Cup against the Smart-Gilas national team.
In 1995, the league’s most notorious bad boy, Rudy Distrito, made a dangerous tackle on Alaska rookie Jeffrey Cariaso in Game Four of the All-Filipino Cup Finals and was suspended for the rest of the season by the late Jun Bernardino.
Distrito never got to play in the PBA again.
Red Bull’s Jimwell Torion was also suspended for eight months by then PBA Commissioner Noli Eala for a clothesline tackle that broke the nose of Talk ‘N Text guard Jimmy Alapag in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Reinforced Conference.
The suspensions of Arboleda and Torion were however appealed and shortened, paving the way for their return to action after just a few months.
Allado’s ban is non-appealable.