MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Barako Bull player Don Allado has apologized for his Twitter rant against the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), which he accused of game fixing.
He said he committed an error in judgement when he accused the league of game fixing.
“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,” Allado said on his Twitter account.
“As a professional I should've known better,” he added.
Following his team’s 93-99 loss to Powerade on Tuesday, the 6’6” power forward/center posted a series of tweets blaming the league for their defeat.
"They control who is in and who is out. It’s a disgrace to be in this league," he tweeted. "I can accept losing to teams. But I can’t accept losing because of referees."
"I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to PBA. In my opinion, this league has little credibility left," Allado added.
Allado’s tweets have since been deleted.
Way out of line
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud said Allado was way out of line for making such accusations.
Salud lamented that it was a reckless move for a 13-year veteran in the league.
Allado started out in the PBA playing for Alaska Milk.
After 7 years with the Aces, he transferred to Talk N' Text before jumping to Air21, Purefoods, then eventually ending up with Barako Bull.
“It’s a shame. It’s irresponsible coming from a guy that has benefited for 13 years from the league that he now attacks. He’s a PBA player of 13 years and he speaks only today,” the PBA chieftain said in a statement.
Salud has summoned the Barako Bull slotman to appear in the PBA office at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Allado appears to have realized his mistake.
“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,” he said.