Allado fined and suspended for allegations on Twitter
MANILA, Philippines - A teary-eyed and apologetic Don Allado faced media on Thursday, July 5, to take back his allegations that Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) games are fixed.
According to reports, he will be meted a one conference ban and a P500,000 fine. Of the amount, P300,000 will go to the PBA Players Trust Fund, while P200,000 to a charitable institution.
The sanctions are final and unappealable.
Allado was called to a closed-door meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Salud, Barako Bull head coach Junel Baculi, Barako team manager Raffy Casyao and Allado’s father, PBA agent and former cager Caloy Allado earlier this morning.
In what can only be described as a dramatic turnaround from a series of tweets he made earlier, Allado told media that the PBA was the "best league in Asia."
"There is no game fixing in the league--there never was," he said.
"In my 13 years in the PBA, there has never been any instance, any news of game fixing. Never," he again told reporters after the press conference.
On Wednesday, July 4, Allado sang a different tune on Twitter. He said, "In my opinion, this league has little credibility left." The tweet was later deleted.
The Barako Bull center also denied allegations that he was tweeting under the influence of alcohol.
Alaska center Paolo Bugia replied to one of Allado's tweets: "Stop tweeting. You are either drunk, or drunk. Now go to sleep and regret tom."
He said his frustration and emotions got the best of him. "We did not get into the semifinals, [we] lost out on bonuses. I was frustrated and alone. So many emotions [were] going through my mind--my career, where I'm headed," he said.
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