Don Allado: '#PBA games are fixed'
MANILA, Philippines - After a 99-93 loss to the Powerade in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA), Barako Bull center Don Allado vented on Twitter, expressing his disappointment over the league.
In a series of tweets, Allado accused the league of game-fixing, adding that while he could accept defeat, he couldn't take "losing bcoz (sic) of referees."
Allado didn't stop there. After his first tweets, he also started retweeting reactions to his "exposé."
As of Wednesday afternoon, "Don Allado" was a top trending topic in the Philippines.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial told GMA News Online that the referee in question, who failed to call a three-second violation during the dying minutes of the game, has been suspended for the rest of the season.
In a text message to Rappler, PBA commissioner Chito Salud said Allado's Twitter outburst was "way out of the line."
He added that Allado was "indicting not just game officials, but the entire organization and membership of the league, his co-players and team officials alike."
"This is a serious accusation, and I don't intend to take it lightly," he said.
A report on Interaksyon meanwhile quoted Marcial as hinting at a heavier-than-usual fine for the Barako center, saying "kulang ang fine at suspension para kay Don Allado sa mga accusations na binitawan niya." (A fine and suspension are not enough considering the accusations he made) -Rappler.com