PBA veteran Don Allado of Barako Bull issued a swift apology over Twitter on Wednesday night when his claim that pro league games are "fixed" stirred up a storm and drew a 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, also vented his frustrations at the officiating in the micro-blogging site, saying in an early-morning posting: "I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing bcoz of referees."
But even before a day that saw him become a trending topic on Twitter and his stunning accusation the subject of a press conference by Commissioner Chito Salud could end, the Barako Bull slotman deleted his controversial tweets and clammed up when contacted for comment by SPIN.ph.
The next tweet seen on his page late in the night was a well-crafted apology.
"I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to Comm Salud & entire PBA for last night's tweets that's now a subject of controversy. It was an error in judgement on my part to let my passion for this game get the best of me. As a professional I should've known better," he tweeted.
"I understand my statement may be construed by many as discrediting the PBA. Let it be known, however, that such is not my intention. Again, my sincerest apologies to the Comm Salud, Board of Governors & entire PBA."
Allado is set to appear before Salud on Thursday and the league chief had expressed disgust over the accusations, saying he found them "inexcusable and unacceptable."
"Clearly our constitution prohibits our players and all team officials from issuing public statements that are prejudicial and detrimental to the league whether true or not," he said. "My interest right now is to find out if he has evidence to back up his accusations saying that this league is rigged."
Special Assistant to the Commissioner Willy Marcial had also warned of stiff sanctions against the player, although that may change now that an apology has been made.
"Kulang ang fine at suspension sa mga accusations ni Allado sa liga kapag hindi n'ya napatunayan," Marcial said.
Allado initially appeared undaunted by the threat of sanctions. After being advised by a follower to delete his controversial post lest he get into trouble, the 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.
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.